07:20 PM to 10:00 PM W
Section Information for Spring 2021
Class meets synchronously ONLINE –
Students are expected to participate on the day and time scheduled.
"What is southern history? More to the point, what is 'the South'?" So begins Laura Edwards's essay, "Southern History as U.S. History," written to mark the 75th anniversary of The Journal of Southern History in 2009. This course examines the history of the American South from the end of the Civil War to the end of the 20th century, starting with such fundamental questions as whether and in what ways "the South" was distinctive in the history of the United States. We will begin by exploring the nature of southern society at the point of emancipation, then examine how white southerners reestablished their political, economic, and cultural dominance. Diverse readings on the late nineteenth and early twentieth century will bring us to the period when the (supposedly) "solid South" began to crack: namely, the New Deal. Recent scholarship on "the long civil rights movement" and the "long backlash" will frame our study of the South in the second half of the twentieth century, culminating in reflections on recent historical and historiographical trends.
Throughout the course, we will employ gender as a category of analysis along with region, race, and class. We will also study historiography in addition to history and work to improve students' analytical, writing, and oral communication skills.
HIST 622 DL1 is a distance education section that meets synchronously. Students should expect to meet on the day and time scheduled.
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.