History | The Scottsboro Case: Race and Region in the 1930's U.S.
J300 | 6491 | Lichtenstein


Above class COLL intensive writing section
A portion of the above class reserved for majors
Above class open to undergraduates only

This course is a “Junior Seminar,” designed to impart the basic
skills of historical research and interpretation that history majors
will need to write a full document-based research paper in their
senior year. By accumulating knowledge about a focused topic—in this
instance, the infamous Scottsboro Case of the 1930s—students will
develop their research and writing skills. Looking closely at the
Alabama rape trials of nine innocent black young men during the
1930s, the course material will explore the dynamics of white
supremacy, the law, racial violence, the southern economy, civil
rights politics, and the movements to save the “Scottsboro Boys”
from the electric chair.

This writing intensive class will require students to complete
frequent research exercises and short writing exercises that will
teach them the following skills: how to distinguish a primary source
from a secondary source; how to identify and locate primary sources;
how to work with different kinds of primary sources; how to
integrate an analysis of a primary source into narrative prose; how
to write a footnote that conforms to regular historical practice;
and how to construct a historical essay based on primary sources.

Readings will include Goodman, "Stories of Scottsboro";
Kelley, "Hammer and Hoe: Black Communists in Alabama"; Hall, "Revolt
against Chivalry"; and the NAACP Papers on microfilm (among other
primary sources).