History of the Old South
Cross-listed as HIST364 / AFR364 / AMST364
During the course of the semester, we shall investigate two broad, interrelated topics: slavery in the antebellum South, and the impact of slavery on Southern civilization. Our approach will be primarily topical. In the first half of the course, we shall look at subjects like the foreign and domestic slave trade, patterns of work and treatment, the nature of the master-slave relationship, resistance and rebellion, and slave cultural, social, and family life. The second half of the course will concentrate on the influence of the institution of slavery on the mind, social structure, and economy of the Old South, and slavery’s impact on Southern politics and the decision for secession in 1860-61.
The Class: Type: discussion
Requirements/Evaluation: evaluation based on class participation, two papers of moderate length, and a comprehensive final examination
Prerequisites: none; open to first-year students with instructor's permission
Distributions: Division II;
Attributes: AMST Comp Studies in Race, Ethnicity, Diaspora; AMST Space and Place Electives; HIST Group F Electives - U.S. + Canada; HIST Group P Electives - Premodern