The United States South, 1800-1970

 
Course code:
L_GEBAALG005
Period:
Period 2+3
Credits:
6.0
Language of tuition:
English
Faculty:
Faculteit der Geesteswetenschappen
Coordinator:
dr. S.W. Verstegen
Examinator:
dr. S.W. Verstegen
Lecturers:
dr. S.W. Verstegen
Teaching method(s):
Seminar
Level:
300

Course objective

The critical abilities of the student will be stimulated and improved
during this course. The student has insight in the history of the U.S.
South between 1800 and 1970 and is able to describe its character.
Students are informed on a number of historiographic relevant topics
such as the debate on slavery and its aftermath. Students will be able
to analyse, and review the book The American South. A history. Finally
students are able to report in writing about the historical development
of identity of the U.S. South. Writing a review, giving presentations
and writing an essay on an academic level about historical discussions
on political sensitive subjects.

Course content

The main subject of this course is the history of the U.S. South. The
following subjects will be discussed: plantation economies, slavery, the
free black population, the American Civil War, the abolition of slavery,
the Reconstruction period after the Civil War, the introduction of the
Jim Crow segregation laws, the economic problems in the Interbellum and
the Civil Rights Movement.

Form of tuition

Seminars. Mandatory attendance: at least 90% attendence is required.

Type of assessment

This course will be examined with both formative and summative tests: I)
A test professional behavior. Attendance, commitment, and participation
will be checked. II) The submission of 7 short written assigments. III)
Review assigment. IV) Presentation. V) Essay.

Course reading

Articles (see course manual) and handbook: W.J. Cooper Jr. & T.E.
Terril, The American South. A history. Vol I & II (Baton Rouge 2009).

Entry requirements

Ordinarily students will have to have finished all the first-year
courses. Please contact the instructor if you do not fulfill this
requirement and want to follow this course anyway.

Target audience

Students BA3. This course can be chosen as a minor in other studies,
such as social sciences or English/American Literature.

Remarks

This course is part of the minor 'American Studies'.

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