History | The American South Before the Civil War
A309 | 26204 | Stowe
A portion of the above class reserved for majors
Above class open to undergraduates only
For more than 150 years, Americans have been fascinated by—and have
argued about—the distinctiveness of the South within the nation. In
what ways has the South had a different past? In what ways is its
history an “American story?”
This course will look at the history of the South from the early
1800s to the Civil War, looking at classic “southern” themes:
regional identity, race, slavery, the Old South legend, and the
coming of war.
We will be reading works of history as well as original sources.
There will be a mid-term and a final exam, and two 10-page papers.