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Black American Studies

Written and reviewed by Black scholars and experts, Movement, examines the cultural, social, political, and economic contributions, stories, and movements of Black Americans. Offered as both a five-volume series and a beautiful, hardback textbook, Movement highlights the obstacles, triumphs, and cultural contributions of Black Americans who have shaped US history. 

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Resistance and Resilience

Movement examines cultural, social, political, and economic movements of Black people in the United States. Students will learn about the varied, poignant, and inspirational ways Black people have shaped our history and heritage. 

The Word "Movement" Suggests Flow, Rhythm, Power, and Beauty

A movement can be a stirring piece of music or an emotional inspiration. It can travel across oceans or trek with a family to a new town. With movement, buildings can topple as the earth shifts, or there can be a silent inward journey of personal transformation. 

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What's Inside Movement?

Each volume of Movement examines an Essential Question through the lenses of history, economics, civics, geography, and culture. The curriculum features in both the Student Edition and Teacher Materials emphasize skills used to understand and interpret the diverse perspectives, events, and contributions of Black Americans that have shaped the United States. Each unit celebrates Black artists, writers, and leaders, explores injustice and progress, and scaffolds historical thinking skills.

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Formative, Summative, & Self-assessment

Formative, Summative, & Self-assessment

Every unit contains opportunities for students to demonstrate their learning in formative and summative assessments, self-assessments, as well as many other project-based, experiential, and recall-type activities.
Inquiry-based Learning

Inquiry-based Learning

Our inquiry-based curriculum design puts students at the center of their learning. students both ask and answer compelling questions, investigate those questions, evaluate and find evidence to answer them, communicate their answers, and ultimately take informed action.
Cross-curricular & Interdisciplinary Learning

Cross-curricular & Interdisciplinary Learning

Supports collaboration between ELA and social studies while integrating topics from other subject areas, such as science and art.
Primary and Secondary Source Analysis

Primary and Secondary Source Analysis

Activities throughout every unit direct students to analyze sources which include maps, letters, historical artifacts, statues, photographs, journal entries, and more. In addition, students practice and develop critical thinking skills to understand and interpret the past, which ranges from analysis of primary and secondary sources to interpreting poems and paintings.


Scaffolded writing workshops, practice with rhetorical analysis, research-backed comprehension strategies, and creative reading and writing opportunities are woven deeply throughout both the student and teacher editions.

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Unit I: Over Oceans, Through Centuries

Investigate the effects of people of African descent moving (both involuntarily and voluntarily) to and through North America. Features include:

• Black Americans and the West—from Black Cowboys to Buffalo Soldiers

• Reverse Migration—a modern return to the South

• Literary Luminaries—poets include Paul Laurence Dunbar, Langston Hughes, Maya Angelou, Amanda Gorman

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Unit 2: Obstacles and Opportunities

Analyze how Black Americans have shaped and been shaped by economic policy and opportunity. Articles include:

• Black Inventors—with the likes of Sarah Goode, Alice Ball, and Patricia Bath

• Into the Archives—the Black Panther Party, “To Feed Our Children,”

• Black Songwriters—including Nina Simone, Stevie Wonder, Tupac Shakur, Alicia Keys

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Unit 3: Struggle for Equality

Examine the legacy of slavery and how it influenced the inequalities that Black Americans faced in the past and present day.

• The Myth of Race—race as a social construct and its impacts

• Inequality in the Criminal Justice System—the 13th amendment and convict leasing, racial profiling, and the impacts of crime and drug policies

• Art Analysis—Gordon Parks’ social justice photography

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Unit 4: Forging a Path

Delve into the stories of Black leaders who paved the way toward a more just and equitable society in the United States.

• The Niagara Movement—Black activists in the Progressive Era

• Political Leadership—Hiram Revels, Shirley Chisholm, L. Douglas Wilder, Condoleezza Rice, Barack Obama, Kamala Harris

• Black Americans in War—from the Revolutionary War to Afghanistan

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Unit 5: Express Yourself

Explore the many ways that Black Americans have shaped our art, music, culture, and identity.

• The Black Church—from Great Awakenings through the Civil Rights Movement

• Hip-Hop Music—the evolution of styles, East Coast v. West Coast, rap music, expansion into a global phenomenon

• Black Media—from Soul Train, BET, Oprah through Jordan Peele

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Movement Textbook Edition

Movement endorses the AP African American Studies curriculum with an interdisciplinary study of Black Americans' contributions and experiences across various fields. It traces the historical journey from African ancestry to modern achievements, delving into how geography, economy, politics, literature, and art influence Black culture. Movement offers a comprehensive and engaging resource for AP African American Studies.

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A complete interdisciplinary exploration of the historical and cultural impact of Black Americans from ancient Africa to modern times.

5-Volume Collection

Purchase the entire collection at once with our five-volume set of Movement, now available as a convenient bundle.

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