Fall 2015 - Undergraduate Course Descriptions
Description of Course:
THIS COURSE IS AVAILABLE ONLY TO STUDENTS IN COLLEGIUM 5. PLEASE REGISTER THROUGH THE CV OFFICE.
Harriet Jacobs wrote in 1860, "No pen can give an adequate description of the all-pervading corruption produced by slavery." Despite this impossibility, studying slavery offers a window into the depths of human suffering and heights of moral potential. This material is difficult and sometimes even demoralizing, but in the endurance, resistance, and ultimate liberation of the enslaved, we also find some of the most inspiring and meaningful stories that history can offer. This course explores the creation and eventual destruction of chattel slavery in the United States and the Atlantic World. But the destruction of chattel slavery in the American Civil War did not mean the end of human bondage. We will also explore how slavery continued and transformed since emancipation. Students will read a combination of slave narratives, historical monographs, as well as watch films and visit museum exhibitions to write a series of short papers.
This course fulfills the core requirement in U.S. history.
Class materials will include a mix of media. Books like *Inhuman Bondage* by David Brion Davis and *Twelve Years a Slave* by Solomon Northrup will be supplemented by films like *12 Years a Slave* and *Journey to Freedom* as well as interactive websites like abolitionseminar.org.
Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:
Several of the assignments will be collaborative, including the creation of an interactive website and a proposal to the mayor and city council regarding the Freedmen's Memorial Cemetery. Students will also write several short papers.