Fall 2012 - Graduate Course Descriptions

Rabe, Steve
Discipline and Number
HIST 6332 Section 501
M Time 7:00 PM - 9:45 PM
Course Title
Slavery in America

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.

Required Texts:

TEXTBOOKS (All Paperbacks):
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 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.

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