HIS 350L • AMER SOC/CUL BEFORE CIV WAR-W
This course will explore the nature of American society in the forty years before the Civil War. Political and economic developments, slavery and sectionalism, reform movements, literature, and everyday life will be some of the aspects of that era we will be considering. We will be looking not only at different topics but also at the ways in which historians grapple with evidence and create visions of the age.
Class Participation and Perfect Attendance: 25% Oral Presentations and 500 word Response Papers: 25% Final 10-12 page paper: 50%
Abzug, Cosmos Crumbling Douglass, Narrative of Frederick Douglass (Bedford edition, with pref. by Blight) Melville, Benito Cereno and Bartleby the Scrivener (Dover edition) Perdue, The Cherokee Removal Stampp, 1857: A Nation on the Brink Watson, Liberty and Power Wyatt-Brown, Honor and Violence in the Old South Special Assignment: Chapters 1820-1860 of any college text Assorted handouts and Xeroxes