The Dawn of Freedom


Yale professor Jonathan Holloway – who is featured in Black and Cuba – is teaching an open online course called African American History: From Emancipation to the Present. In lecture one, The Dawn of Freedom, he explains how the African American experience is a prism to understand what it means to be American. You can access additional lectures, the course syllabus and other materials on the course website. Enjoy African American History 101!

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  1. Despite the ongoing controversy surrounding MOOCs and other online educational platforms, examples like this make me very excited about a new era of web-based learning. I enjoyed Dr. Holloway’s lecture, but, more importantly, the open format allows me to share this material with friends and family who may not have access to traditional modes of education. I think this is especially crucial at a time when the increasing costs of college are making it more difficult for diverse populations, particularly lower and middle income people of color, to gain access. I imagine open source lectures like these being used to foster community dialogues, engaging material that previously was only available to students in-person.

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