Souls of Black Folk, The

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The Souls of Black Folk
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118: MWF 10:00 – 10:50 am
Fall 2016
Civic Engagement

This is a First Year Seminar course that surveys African-Americans social and political history from pre- revolutionary America thru the present. Students will learn and explore the nature of the African-American experience from the perspective of sociology, history, and anthropology.  They will examine such trends as cultural development, political influences and, adaptation from the perspectives of the various disciplines. In addition, students will explore the Atlantic slave trade and its influence on racial dispersion worldwide, as a part of the larger system of trade from the old world of Europe, to Africa and, to the new world of the Americas.  The primary objective of this course is to promote in first year college students the development of research and writing skills along with social awareness. Students will gain a unique understanding of what it means to be African American. While this course does not to cover all themes of African American History it does provide students with a diverse sampling of the numerous and complex issues of the African American experience.


Ray Christian is the father of six and a decorated combat veteran and retired Army paratrooper.  Ray has degrees in Public History and Education, and holds a doctorate in Education: Leadership from Liberty University.  His research interests include African-American history, the achievement gap, and Risk and Resilience theory.  When he is not teaching, his hobbies include fishing, hiking, scuba diving, raising chickens, and tending a garden.  His major passion and pastime is storytelling.  His is a national storyteller whose stories have been heard on NPR and the live stage in New York City and across North Carolina, with The Moth, RISK and The Monti storytelling shows.  He has a passion for students and utilizes the power of storytelling and personal narrative to teach complicated social concepts.

Contact FYS

The First Year Seminar is part of the General Education Program located in Anne Belk Hall, Room 250.

Phone: 828-262-2028

Our mailing address:
First Year Seminar
ASU Box 32065
Appalachian State University
Boone, NC 28608

Director of First Year Seminar:
Dr. Martha McCaughey

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