HIS 306N • Race/Slavery in the English Atlantic-W
We will explore the development of race-based slavery in Britain's North American and Caribbean colonies during the Eighteenth Century paying particular attention to the variety of forms that slavery took different places and to the ways that the enslaved responded to the oppressive conditions that they found in the Americas. We will then discuss the emergence of slavery as a "peculiarly" southern institution in the wake of the American Revolution and compare the demise of slavery in the British Caribbean and the United States.
The class will meet twice a week. During the first weekly meetings, we will discuss scholarly articles and/or books that analyze different aspects of the history of race and slavery. During the second weekly meetings, we will either discuss primary sources that shed light on issues discussed in assigned scholarly writing, or I will hold individual meetings with class members to discuss writing assignments.
Students will be expected to write two short (3-5 pp.) papers during the course of the semester and one slightly longer (10 pp.) paper at the end. The first short paper will count 15% of the semester grade; the second short paper will count 20%; the final paper will count 40%; attendance and participation will count 25%.
Reading assignments will be drawn from some of the following texts: Betty Wood, Slavery in Colonial America Mark Smith, ed., Stono: Documenting and Interpreting a Southern Slave Revolt Gary Nash, The Forgotten Fifth: African Americans in the Age of Revolution Peter Kolchin, American Slavery Walter Johnson, Soul by Soul Frederick Douglass, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave William W. Freehling, The South v. the South