For the first time, Henry Louis Gates of Harvard University has made a synthesis of the Africa’s great civilizations available…

For the first time, Henry Louis Gates of Harvard University has made a synthesis of the Africa’s great civilizations available for everyone who is interested.  This is a landmark series of videos that will increase in importance with time.

For extra credit, choose a video or videos, then write a two to three (2-3) page essay expressing your ideas about the material presented.  Support your ideas with examples from the video(s) or with your own proposals.  

In this class, an essay page is written in 12-point type (for example 12-point Times New Roman) with one-inch margins on the right and left sides as well as the top and bottom

Your essay assignments often have no right or wrong answer.  They require you to develop your own ideas and to present your ideas clearly.  To write well for this class, you may find these guidelines helpful:

   Trust yourself.  Make statements.

   Use direct, declarative sentences to express your ideas.

   Support your ideas with evidence from the assigned reading.

   Reach a conclusion.  Have a point to make.

Origins:

http://www.pbs.org/video/2365964624/ (Links to an external site.)

The Cross and the Crescent:

http://www.pbs.org/video/2365964709/ (Links to an external site.)

Empires of Gold:

http://www.pbs.org/video/2365967714/ (Links to an external site.)

Cities:

http://www.pbs.org/video/2365967727/ (Links to an external site.)

The Atlantic Age:

http://www.pbs.org/video/2365969213/ (Links to an external site.)

Commerce and the Clash of Civilizations:

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