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 and here.
Journal Internet Assignments:
I1 Title: ECU Summer Study Program Abroad in Cape Town, South Africa.
I2 Title: Africa Country Quiz: select the "study" button of the "Quiz mode". Click on many of the countries to familiarize yourself with the Mother Continent. Read the country summaries, then select the "practice" button to identify the countries.
Once you are confident, take the test and record your score in your journal. Summarize and react to the assignment. Lizard Point Consulting, Ontario, Canada.
I3 Title: Ancient Egypt: explore, summarize, and react, British Museum.
I4 Title: ECU's African Art Collection 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.
I5 Title: "Key Moments in Life": explore, summarize, and react, University of Iowa.
I6 Title: The Asante and the Kuba: compare and contrast the Asante and Kuba in the "Peoples" section of the Art and Life in Africa Project, University of Iowa Museum of Art.
I7 Title: Islamic Calendar: calculate your birthday according to the Islamic calendar below. 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, IslamicFinder, and Introduction to the Hijra Calendar, Web Exhibits.
I8 Title: The Swahili: explore Swahili culture and language, Hassan O. Ali and Kassim O. Ali.
I9 Title: "Africa to the World! Nkrumah-era Philatelic Images of Emerging Ghana and Pan-Africanism, 1957-1966": summarize and react, Ken Wilburn, African Studies Quarterly.
I10 Title: The Freedom Charter and the US Constitution: in the mid-1950s, South African activists gathered and created one of the world's great documents, the Freedom Charter for post-apartheid South Africa. Compare and contrast the Freedom Charter with the US Constitution.
I11 Title: Manu Herbstein and Ama: explore Manu Herbstein's website devoted to Ama, Africa Today.
I12 Title: Reparations Documents:
- 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; Lead Discussants: Anthony Baxter (Section 1-2), Kaleah Braswell (Section 3-4), and Emily Burnett (Section 5-8)
- The Apology for Slavery Resolution of 2000, H. CON. Res. 356, Congressman Tony Hall and Co-sponsors, US Government Documents; Lead Discussants: Jayla Cofield (up to H.Con. Res.356) and Mykael Cooper (H.Con. Res.356)
- Statement of the Honorable Chaka Fattah of Pennsylvania, 25 May 2001; Lead Discussants: Avonna Dickens (Up to Philadelphia Inquirer, May 20, 2001) and Conan Dje (all after Philadelphia Inquirer, May 20, 2001)
- Joint Resolution on Slavery, General Assembly of North Carolina, Session 2007, Ratified Bill, Resolution 2007-21, Senate Joint Resolution 1557, 12 April 2007; Lead Discussants: Claudia Dockery (all)
- The Apology for Slavery Resolution of 2008, Congressman Steve Cohen and Co-sponsors, NPR, 29 July 2008; Lead Discussants: Guida Elkhalifa (up to paragraph beginning with "In going through my papers...") and Cierra Ford (all after "In going through my papers...")
- 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; Lead Discussants: Shekinah Harrell (all)
- Steering Committee on Slavery and Justice, Brown University; Lead Discussants: Olivia Herschel (1-6), Kenneth Marshall (7-19), Blake Wetherington (20-31), Anthony Baxter (32-43), Kaleah Braswell (44-57), Emily Burnett (58-68), Jayla Cofield (69-79) and Mykael Cooper (80-87).
Extra Credit Assignments:
- "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 Thesaurus, African Studies Centre, University of Leiden
- African Voices, explores our African connections, National Museum of Natural History
- 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
- Explore Paleoanthropology in Africa, Jim Foley
- Gordimer, Nadine:
- Human Evolution: "The Out of Africa Hypothesis" and "The Multiregional Hypothesis"; essays by James Q. Jacobs
- Keita: The Heritage of the Griot, California Newsreel
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First Online: 10 June 1997
Last Revised: 9 April 2018