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.
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.
Articles (see course manual) and handbook: W.J. Cooper Jr. & T.E.
Terril, The American South. A history. Vol I & II (Baton Rouge 2009).
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.
Students BA3. This course can be chosen as a minor in other studies,
such as social sciences or English/American Literature.
This course is part of the minor 'American Studies'.