History and Art History
College of Humanities and Social Sciences

HIST 615: Problems in American History

HIST 615-001: Slavery and Freedom
(Spring 2018)

07:20 PM to 10:00 PM T

David King Hall 2054

Section Information for Spring 2018

In 1972, Edmund Morgan memorably described the simultaneous development of slavery and freedom in North America as “the American Paradox.” Morgan’s phrase captured something that both historians and historical actors themselves recognized—slavery and freedom were not separate phenomena but intimately related, mutually implicating sets of ideas and practices. In this course, we will dig into the large and fascinating body of recent work that explores this paradox and its evolution from the beginnings of European colonization through the end of slavery in the United States. We will pay particular attention to the most important and creative theoretical perspectives, research methods, historical sources, and narrative techniques that these authors develop as they seek a fuller understanding of the human experiences and daily operations of slavery as well as its economic, political, and ideological place in American life.

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Course Information from the University Catalog

Credits: 1-6

Readings and discussion of bibliographies, interpretations, and research trends in topics selected by instructor. Notes: May be repeated for credit when topic is different. May be repeated within the term.
Specialized Designation: Green Leaf Course
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment limited to students with a class of Advanced to Candidacy, Graduate, Non Degree or Senior Plus.

Enrollment is limited to Graduate, Non-Degree or Undergraduate level students.

Students in a Non-Degree Undergraduate degree may not enroll.

Schedule Type: Lecture

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