Course Schedule

Schedule: The following tentative schedule should be used as a guide for the completion of assignments and readings. The page numbers of required readings are listed by the last names of the authors. Assigned readings should be completed by the class date listed in the left column.


INTRODUCTION

Jan. 13
Introduction to the Course


THE DEVELOPMENT OF AMERICAN SLAVERY
BEFORE 1790


Jan. 15
The Origins of Black Slavery to 1619

  • Kolchin, American Slavery, ix-6
  • Goodheart et al., eds., Slavery in American Society, 3-12

Jan. 20
The Slave Trade, the Plantation Complex, and the Atlantic System, 1450s-1866

  • Kolchin, American Slavery, 18-24
  • Northrup, ed., Atlantic Slave Trade, 133-173
  • Goodheart et al., eds., Slavery in American Society, 21-34

Jan. 22
The Rise of Slavery in British America, 1619-1800

  • Kolchin, American Slavery, 6-18, 24-34
  • Northrup, ed., Atlantic Slave Trade, 1-36
  • Goodheart et al., eds., Slavery in American Society, 69-82, 197-207

Jan. 27
Africanisms and the Development of Slave Culture

  • Kolchin, American Slavery, 34-54
  • Blassingame, Slave Community, 3-65, 101-130

Jan. 29
Slave Culture and Slave Religion

  • Kolchin, American Slavery, 54-57, 143-148
  • Blassingame, Slave Community, 65-101, 130-148
  • Goodheart et al., eds., Slavery in American Society, 99-134
  • Last day to submit term paper topic to professor-January 29

Feb. 3
Slavery in Eighteenth-Century America

  • Kolchin, American Slavery, 57-85
  • Goodheart et al., eds., Slavery in American Society, 34-69


SLAVERY IN THE ANTEBELLUM SOUTH
1790-1865

Feb. 5
Psychology and the Slave Personality; The Historiography of Slavery

  • Stanley Elkins, Slavery: A Problem in American Institutional and Intellectual Life, 2d ed., 81-89, 98-139
  • Kolchin, American Slavery, 133-138, 148-155
  • Blassingame, Slave Community, 223-248, 284-322
  • Goodheart et al., eds., Slavery in American Society, xv-xxii

Feb. 10
The Historiography of Antebellum Slavery

  • Eugene D. Genovese, The Political Economy of Slavery, 3-39, 243-274
  • Eugene D. Genovese, In Red and Black, 102-128
  • Eugene D. Genovese, "Yeoman Farmers in a Slaveholders' Democracy," Agricultural History 49 (April 1975): 331-342
  • Goodheart et al., eds., Slavery in American Society, 13-17

Feb. 12
The Cotton Boom and the Rise of the Domestic Slave Trade, 1790-1830

  • Kolchin, American Slavery, 93-99

Feb. 17
Exam 1 will be given Tuesday, Feb. 17.

Feb. 19
The Economics of Antebellum Slavery

  • Kolchin, American Slavery, 99-105, 169-184

Feb. 24
Slave Labor and Work Patterns

  • Kolchin, American Slavery, 105-111
  • Blassingame, Slave Community, 249-283

Feb. 26
The Physical Conditions of Slaves (Diet, Health, Housing, etc.)

  • Kolchin, American Slavery, 111-118
  • Blassingame, Slave Community, 249-283
  • Goodheart et al., eds., Slavery in American Society, 134-149

Mar. 3
Female Slaves and the Slave Family

  • Kolchin, American Slavery, 118-127, 138-143
  • Blassingame, Slave Community, 149-191
  • Goodheart et al., eds., Slavery in American Society, 153-193

Mar. 5
Slave Resistance and Escapes

  • Kolchin, American Slavery, 155-168
  • Blassingame, Slave Community, 192-214
  • Goodheart et al., eds., Slavery in American Society, 237-247

Mar. 10
Slave Revolts

  • Kolchin, American Slavery, 155-168
  • Blassingame, Slave Community, 214-222
  • Northrup, ed., Atlantic Slave Trade, 203-217
  • Goodheart et al., eds., Slavery in American Society, 247-258
  • Jones, Mutiny on the "Amistad", 3-110

Mar. 12
The Amistad Revolt, 1839

  • Jones, Mutiny on the "Amistad", 111-219

Mar. 17
NO CLASS--SPRING BREAK

Mar. 19
NO CLASS--SPRING BREAK


PROSLAVERY THOUGHT
1830-1865

Mar. 24
The "Necessary-Evil" and "Positive-Good" Theories of Slavery

  • Kolchin, American Slavery, 85-92, 127-132, 184-199
  • Faust, ed., Ideology of Slavery, 1-135

Mar. 26
The Biblical Defense of Slavery

  • Faust, ed., Ideology of Slavery, 136-205

Mar. 31
The Seigneurial Theory of Slavery; the Ethic of Honor

  • Faust, ed., Ideology of Slavery, 272-299
  • Orlando Patterson, Slavery and Social Death: A Comparative Study, 77-101

Apr. 2
Scientific, Racial, and Ethnological Theories of Slavery

  • Faust, ed., Ideology of Slavery, 206-271

Apr. 7
Exam 2 will be given Tuesday, Apr. 7.


ANTISLAVERY AND THE DEATH OF SLAVERY
1830-1865

Apr. 9
Antislavery Movements before 1830 and Colonizationism

  • Goodheart et al., eds., Slavery in American Society, 83-95
  • Northrup, ed., Atlantic Slave Trade, 175-202
  • Cain, ed., William Lloyd Garrison, 61-70

Apr. 14
The Emergence of Abolitionism, 1820s-30s

  • Cain, ed., William Lloyd Garrison, vii-57, 70-86, 90-96, 108-111, 115-121, 127-131, 146-148, 151-152

Apr. 16
Abolitionist Theories of Nonresistance and Feminism

  • Cain, ed., William Lloyd Garrison, 97-105, 107-109, 132-133, 153-159
  • Term paper due-April 16

Apr. 21
Abolitionist Theology and Come-outerism

  • Cain, ed., William Lloyd Garrison, 134-141, 144-146

Apr. 23
Antislavery Politics and Constitutionalism

  • Cain, ed., William Lloyd Garrison, 87-89, 106, 112-115, 121-126, 141-144, 148-150
  • U.S. Constitution

Apr. 28
Emancipation and its Legacy

  • Kolchin, American Slavery, 200-237
  • Cain, ed., William Lloyd Garrison, 160-185
  • Goodheart et al., eds., Slavery in American Society, 217-234, 259-276


FINAL EXAM

Apr. 30 Exam 3 will be given on Thursday, April 30, at 12:00-2:00 P.M.


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