Fall 2014 - Graduate Course Descriptions

Ring, Natalie
Discipline and Number
HIST 6320 Section 001
M Time 4:00 PM - 6:45 PM
Course Title
American South in 19th Century

Description of Course:

Scholarship on the history of the nineteenth-century US South is vast and shows no sign of abating. This course is designed to introduce students to the most recent historiography on the long nineteenth-century South, focusing on how new questions and methodologies have reshaped the field. Some of the themes the course will address include the relationship between capitalism and slavery, African Americans' efforts to negotiate citizenship and freedom in the post-Civil War South, patterns of racial and sexual violence, and the impact of the Civil War on the environmental landscape.

Required Texts:

1. Greg Downs, Declarations of Dependence: The Long Reconstruction of Popular Politics in the South (University of North Carolina Press, 2011, 2014)
ISBN # 978-1469615394

2. Jim Downs, Sick From Freedom: African-American Illness and Suffering During the Civil War and Reconstruction (Oxford University Press, 2012)
ISBN # 978-0199758722

3. Carole Emberton, Beyond Redemption: Race, Violence, and the American South after the Civil War (University of Chicago Press, 2013)
ISBN # 978-0226024271

4. Walter Johnson, River of Dark Dreams: Slavery and Empire in the Cotton Kingdom (Belknap Press, 2013)
ISBN # 978-0674045552

5. Walter Johnson, Soul by Soul: Life Inside the Antebellum Slave Market (Harvard University Press, 2000, 2001)
ISBN # 978-0674005396

6. Stephanie McCurry, Confederate Reckoning: Power and Politics in the Civil War South (Harvard University Press, 2010, 2012)
ISBN # 978-0674064218

7. Megan Kate Nelson, Ruin Nation: Destruction and the American Civil War (University of Georgia Press, 2012)
ISBN # 978-0820342511

8. Seth Rockman, Scraping By: Wage Labor, Slavery, and Survival in Early Baltimore (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2009)
ISBN # 978-0801890079

9. Hannah Rosen, Terror in the Heart of Freedom: Citizenship, Sexual Violence, and the Meaning of Race in the Postemancipation South (University of North Carolina Press, 2009)
ISBN # 978-0807858820

10. Joshua Rothman, Flush Times and Fever Dreams: A Story of Capitalism and Slavery in the Age of Jackson
(University of Georgia Press, 2012, 2014)
ISBN # 978-0820346816

11. Stacey L. Smith, Freedom's Frontier: California and the Struggle Over Unfree Labor, Emancipation, and Reconstruction (University of North Carolina Press, 2013)
ISBN # 978-1469607689

12. Yael Sternhell, Routes of War: The World of Movement in the Confederate South (Harvard University Press, 2012)
ISBN # 978-0674064423

Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:

Facilitating class discussion one week during the semester, participation in class discussion, several small papers.

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