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Jacqueline Jones, Chair 128 Inner Campus Dr., Stop B7000, GAR 1.104 Austin, TX 78712-1739 • 512-471-3261

Spring 2006

HIS 392 • Compar Slavery in the Americas

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
39210 -TBA


Course Description

The course will try to provide an overview of African American slavery (as well as some native American slavery) in the Americas. We will start the semester by reading Orlando Patterson's Slavery and Social Death to provide a meta-historical comparative framework to work off of as we move through the semester. Then we'll meet once every other week to discuss a body of reading dealing with slavery in a particular place. For those discussions I will choose 2-5 books and/or perhaps some articles. The approach will vary from week to week, but my general plan will be to assign a part of each book to everyone so that we have a common core on which to build discussion, and then expect each member of the seminar to read all of at least one of the books. The discussion will, of course, center on the common readings. Each participant will also be expected to provide an informal explanation of how the rest of the book that she read changes the portion read by everyone. The basic geographical divisions that we'll use are: British North America/United States British Caribbean French Caribbean Brazil Spanish America There is not yet a finished list of readings, though I will gladly discuss potential readings with anyone interested in the seminar. Participants will be able to choose one of two options for the final paper. They can write a historiographical essay that situates a single recently-published book in the literature on slavery in the Americas - a New York Review of Books style essay on a single book  or they can produce a prospectus for an original research paper that they would like to pursue farther down the line.


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