Spring 2011 - Graduate Course Descriptions
Description of Course:
This course will analyze the origins, evolution, growth and destruction of racial slavery in America from 1619-1865 and the evolution of post-Civil War racial relations in America from 1865 to 1898. Topics of special interest will include: the idea of slavery; the problem of slavery in Western culture; the international slave trade; the origins of slavery in America; the legal framework of slavery; slavery in the Age of Revolution; Thomas Jefferson and slavery; slave life and culture; the slave family; slave resistance; the role of freedmen in a slave society; the economics of slavery; abolitionism; the destruction of slavery; Civil War politics; Reconstruction; and the onset of segregation, lynching, and the Jim Crow system. The course will give special attention to slavery and racial relations in Texas.
Thomas Holt, et al., eds., Major Problems in African-American History: From Slavery to
Freedom, 1619-1877. Vol I.
Lawrence Goodheart, et al., eds., Slavery in American Society. 3rd ed.
Peter Wood, Strange New Land: Africans in Colonial America.
David Blight, ed., Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass.
Randolph Campbell, An Empire for Slavery: Slavery in Texas, 1821-1865.
Barry Crouch, The Dance of Freedom: Texas African Americans during Reconstruction
Wiilliam D. Carrigan, The Making of a Lynching Culture: Violence and Vigilantism in Central Texas, 1836-1916.
In addition to discussing the reading, we will be be viewing a variety of documentary films during the semester.
Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:
Faithful attendance at seminar sessions; vigorous and informed participation in seminar discussions; submission of a series (8-12) of short (1,000-1,250 words) papers based on assigned readings.