Fall 2015 - Graduate Course Descriptions
Description of Course:
This course explores slavery and freedom from the American Revolution through the age of emancipations. Students will become familiar with the key trends in contemporary historiography, exploring issues such as the relationship between slavery and capitalism, the development of antislavery thought, the intersections between sexuality and slavery, the role of slavery in the Civil War, the processes of emancipation, and the meaning of American freedom.
Students will also engage in methodological conversations that critically evaluate the function of history, particularly in the study of enslaved and exploited peoples as well as the geographic and chronological boundaries that govern our understandings of both slavery and emancipation.
The course will be driven by seminar discussion based on weekly writing assignments. Opportunities for research will be encouraged but not required.
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