09:00 AM to 10:15 AM MW
East Building 122
Section Information for Fall 2019
As the deadly clash over a Confederate monument in Charlottesville in 2017 showed, Americans are still divided over the legacies of the Civil War. Understanding the history of the American South after 1865 can help us make sense of these divisions. This course examines such topics as Reconstruction and its aftermath, racial politics and segregation, efforts to industrialize and modernize the South, the impact of the New Deal and World War II, and the successes and setbacks of the Long Civil Rights Movement. Throughout the course, students will learn as much about African Americans as whites, as much about poor people as elites, and as much about women as men. By the end of the semester, new immigrants, suburbanization, and conservative politics will present new issues to explore.