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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