Internet Sites for the History of Africa
Dr. Kenneth Wilburn
Department of History
East Carolina University
Greenville, NC, USA 27858
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Click on/select your Internet assignment below and follow instructions given in class or online.
Journal Internet Assignments:
- 16 January: Explore H-Africa, a listserv of the H-NET Humanities and Social Sciences On-Line. Identify the most important sections of H-Africa and the audience.
- 23 January: Calculate your birthday according to the Islamic calendar below. Print out the result. Calculate the Muslim prayer times for Greenville, NC for the present date and print out the result. Summarize and react to the introductions of the Islamic calendar in a single Internet journal entry:
Muslim Calendar Converter, Hijra/Gregorian and Gregorian/Hijra dates converter; Introduction to the Hijra Calendar and Muslim Daily Prayer Times for Greenville, NC, Wasat Alnaseej
- 30 January: Explore "Key Moments in Life", Chapter in Art and Life in Africa Project, The University of Iowa
- 6 February: Compare and contrast the Asante and Kuba sections of "Introduction: Diffusion and other Problems in the History of African States," Art and Life in Africa Project, James Giblin, Department of History, The University of Iowa
- 13 February: ECU's School of Art's Museum Without Walls contains some 135 Kuba and 9 Bushoong works of art. View, summarize, and react to 20 of them. Here's how: go to the web site's search engine at http://web.lib.ecu.edu/africanart. In the "Search For" space type in Bushoong. Leave the other criteria alone. Then click on "Start Search." View the 5 scanned pieces and commentary (ignore the 4 pieces not yet scanned.) Click on each thumbnail; this enlarges the image and often provides much more written detail. Return to the search engine, click "Reset," and type in Kuba. Again, leave the other criteria alone. Click on "Start Search." Now scroll through the 135 thumbnails that appear. Choose 15 favorites. Click on each of your 15 thumbnail choices, look at the piece carefully and read about its origin and context. As with all net entries, limit this Bushoong-Kuba assignment to a one-page summary/reaction entry.
- 20 February: Summarize and react to California Newsreel's synopsis of Keita: The Heritage of the Griot.
- 27 February: Explore "Manu Herbstein discusses Ama," The Postcolonial Web
- 6 March: Explore Robben Island, the location of South Africa's famous anti-apartheid prisoners, Nelson Mandela and Robert Sobukwe.
- 20 March: Compare the University of Timbuktu with the University of Cape Town, the Timbuktu Foundation and UCT respectively
- 3 April: Craft a single summary and reaction made up of the following links for our Project on Reparations. As you create your summary, devote no more than two paragraphs to each web site:
- House Resolution 40, The Commission to Study Reparations Proposals for African American Act (H.R. 3745 IH), 1989
- The Apology for Slavery Resolution of 2000, H. CON. Res. 356, Congressman Tony Hall and Co-sponsors, US Government Documents
- Statement of the Honorable Chaka Fattah of Pennsylvania, 25 May 2001
- Joint Resolution on Slavery, General Assembly of North Carolina, Session 2007, Ratified Bill, Resolution 2007-21, Senate Joint Resolution 1557, 12 April 2007
- The Apology for Slavery Resolution of 2008, Congressman Steve Cohen and Co-sponsors, NPR, 29 July 2008
- S.RES.198: US House and Senate Apology for Slavery, 19 June 2009. Juneteenth recognizes June 19, 1865, when the last enslaved Africans in the US were freed some two and a half years after the Emancipation Proclamation.
- Steering Committee on Slavery and Justice, Brown University
- 10 April: Summarize and react to Africa to the World! Nkrumah-era Philatelic Images of Emerging Ghana and Pan-Africanism, 1957-1966", Ken Wilburn, African Studies Quarterly
- 17 April: Summarize and react to this assessment of Nelson Mandela, John Carlin, Cairo Review of Global Affairs.
Extra Credit Assignments:
Ask Dr. Wilburn for a project that will improve the presentation of and knowledge about ECU's African art collection.
- "An A to Z of African Studies on the Internet," Peter Limb, Michigan State University
- African Country Home Pages, Ali B. Ali-Dinar, University of Pennsylvania
- African Studies Committee Home Page, a rich list of Africana hyperlinks, East Carolina University
- African Studies Thesaurus, African Studies Centre, University of Leiden
- African Voices, explores our African connections, National Museum of Natural History
- Africana Reviews, H-Africa, a listserv of the H-NET Humanities and Social Sciences On-Line
- Afrocentricity, Definitions of, an H-Africa thread, H-Net, Michigan State University, August-September 2000
- Ama HomePage, Manu Herbstein
- Ancient Egypt, British Museum
- Art and Life in Africa Project; African ethnic groups discussed include the Bushoong, Kuba, San, Shona, Swahili, and Zulu, Obermann Center for Advanced Studies, the University of Iowa
- Discussion of the Asante and the Luba and Kuba, excerpted from "Introduction: Diffusion and other Problems in the History of African States," Art and Life in Africa Project, James Giblin, Department of History, The University of Iowa
- "Issues in African History", Art and Life in Africa Project, James Giblin, Department of History, The University of Iowa
- "Key Moments in Life", Chapter in Art and Life in Africa Project, The University of Iowa
- Black Athena
- Black Athena Revisited, Los Angeles Times, H-Africa, H-Net, 3 July 1996
- Black Athena Revisited, Roland Oliver, H-Africa, H-Net, 7 August 1996
- Black Athena Revisited, Michael Dow, H-Africa, H-Net, 20 August 1996
- Democratic Republic of Congo [Zaire], courtesy Ali B. Dinar, University of Pennsylvania
- Explore Paleoanthropology in Africa, Jim Foley
- Ibn Battuta's Trip: Part Twelve - Journey to West Africa (1351 - 1353), Ross Dunn and Nick Bartel
- Gordimer, Nadine:
- H-AFRICA, a listserv of the H-NET Humanities and Social Sciences On-Line
- Human Evolution: "The Out of Africa Hypothesis" and "The Multiregional Hypothesis"; essays by James Q. Jacobs
- Keita: The Heritage of the Griot:
- The Past to Future Keita, Dawn Hendrix, Discussion Paper, Fall 1998, for Cora Agatucci's Culture(s) & Literature(s) of Africa, Central Oregan Community College
- The Significance of the Griot, Eli Smith, Fall 2000, for Cora Agatucci's Culture(s) & Literature(s) of Africa, Central Oregan Community College
- Leo Africanus: Description of Timbuktu, The Description of Africa (1526), in Reading About the World, Volume 2, edited by Paul Brians, Mary Gallwey, Douglas Hughes
- Philip, John and Cecil Rhodes: Compare the life and the work of John Philip with the life and the work of Cecil John Rhodes; courtesy Google Books, the Dictionary of African Christian Biography, The Rhodes Trust, and South African History Online respectively
- Revolution in South Africa, Symposium on History and the Social Studies, 26 September 1997, ECU
- Explore Ngugi wa Thiong'o, The Africa Centre, London
- Taiwo, Olufemi, "Exorcising Hegel's Ghost: Africa's Challenge to Philosophy," African Studies Quarterly, Volume 1, Issue 4, University of Florida
- Wonders of the African World, an H-Africa thread on the video series, 2-7 November 1999, H-Net, Michigan State University
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First Online: 10 June 1997
Last Revised: 23 April 2014