Course Description: This course provides the opportunity for advanced students in history and American studies to gain insight into the social and intellectual history of the United States by studying in depth one topic in social and intellectual history. |
The topic for the spring semester, 1998, is the history of American slavery. Students will study the growth and development of the institution of slavery, the life experiences of black slaves, the evolution of proslavery ideology, the growth of the antislavery movement and ideology, and the process of emancipation during the Civil War and Reconstruction.
Course Objectives: Students should be able to discuss the factors which contributed to the rise of African-American slavery in the United States, the forces which shaped the lives of black slaves, and the response of blacks to enslavement. Students should be able to discuss the factors which contributed to the rise of proslavery thought in America and to discuss the differences among proslavery theorists. Students should be able to discuss the factors which contributed to the rise of abolitionism and to discuss the nature and content of the abolitionists' critique of slavery. Students will be able to produce a major research paper which makes use of primary sources and which documents and analyzes some aspect of the history of slavery in the United States.
| Textbooks & Required Readings | Exams & Term Paper |
| Grading | Attendance Policy & Senior Finals |
| Course Schedule | Research Links | Announcements |
| AMS 250 | HIS 223 | HIS 225 | HIS 227 | HIS 306 |
| HIS 308 | HIS 310 | HIS 312 | HIS 314 | HIS 318 | HIS 325 |
| HIS 338 | HIS 426 | HIS 430 | HIS 432 | HIS 470 | HIS 475 |
Dr. Harold D. Tallant, Department of History, Georgetown College