History | Old South: New Directions in Race, Class and Gender
A369 | 23719 | Myers


A portion of the above class reserved for majors
Above class open to undergraduates only
Above class meets with GNDR-G 302

This course is designed to provide students with an in-depth
understanding of life in the American south from 1776-1865. Over the
course of the semester, we will go beyond traditional examinations
of the region, which focus almost exclusively on enslaved African
Americans and plantation owning whites, to engage in a more complex
analysis. By bringing Native Americans, enslaved and free blacks,
working class and elite whites, slaveholders and non-slaveholders,
urban dwellers and rural landholders, into conversation with each
other, we will try and construct a more complete portrait of life in
the old south.

Reading some of the newest published literature in southern history,
we will examine how southerners daily grappled with issues of race,
class, and gender and struggled to create a lived reality that
reflected their own understanding of power, liberty, equality,
rights, and citizenship. Using primary documents (written in the
past by those who lived through the events in question) as well as
secondary sources (written by modern historians studying past
events), we will study the past through the words of those who lived
it and sharpen our ability to evaluate, analyze, and interpret both
primary source materials and the arguments of leading historians in
the field of southern history.

Lecture attendance is mandatory and the course will require 80-100
pages of reading per week. Class time will involve informal lectures
as well as large and small group discussions, and students will be
evaluated through their participation in daily discussions, two 5-7
page papers based on class readings, and two 10-15 page take-home
essay-exams based on class materials.

While there is no official prerequisite for this course, this is an
upper-level class and the lectures and readings presume some prior
knowledge of early American history. It is thus recommended, but not
required, that students have taken H105 (American History Survey to
1865) before taking this class.