African American History-Emancipation to the Present: A Free Online Course from Yale University



This course, African American History: Emancipation to the Present, was presented by Jonathan Holloway, when he was Professor of History at Yale University. He is now the President of Rutgers University.

According to the course description, “The purpose of this course is to examine the African American experience in the United States from 1863 to the present. Prominent themes include the end of the Civil War and the beginning of Reconstruction; African Americans’ urbanization experiences; the development of the modern civil rights movement and its aftermath; and the thought and leadership of Booker T. Washington, Ida B. Wells-Barnett, W.E.B. Du Bois, Marcus Garvey, Martin Luther King Jr., and Malcolm X.”




We should add the warning, “Some of the lectures in this course contain graphic content and/or adult language that some users may find disturbing.”

You can watch Lecture 1 of 25 above, or find them all on YouTube. You can see the syllabus for the course here.

African American History: Emancipation to the Present has been added to our list of Free History Courses, a subset of our larger collection, 1,700 Free Online Courses from Top Universities.

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