HIS 392 • Modernity and the US South
5:00 PM-8:00 PM
The history of the U.S. South in the twentieth century is frequently perceived as a story of distinctiveness, that identifies the region with technological, cultural and political backwardness. At the same time, modernity in the U.S. has generally been explored within the context of major northern and western metropolitan areas, such as New York, Chicago and Los Angeles. This graduate reading seminar explores southern history from a different vantage point, reexamining how the region was shaped by - and shaped modernity. We consider themes that have long been central to the study of the South, such as race, labor, religion and politics, while also looking at issues that have only figured centrally in recent literature, such as consumption, popular culture, gender, memory and transnationalism. Throughout, we will also consider how studies of the South might contribute to new understandings of modernity itself.
Cobb, James C., The Most Southern Place on Earth : The Mississippi Delta and the Roots of Regional Identity Daniel, Pete, Lost Revolutions: The South in the 1950s Hahn, Steven, A Nation under Our Feet: Black Political Struggles in the Rural South from Slavery to the Great Migration Hale, Grace Elizabeth, Making Whiteness: The Culture of Segregation in the South, 1890-1940 Hunter, Tera W., To 'Joy My Freedom: Southern Black Women's Lives and Labors after the Civil War Israel, Charles A. Before Scopes: Evangelicalism, Education, and Evolution in Tennessee, 1870-1925 Montejano, David, Anglos and Mexicans in the Making of Texas, 1836-1986 Schoen, Johanna, Choice and Coercion: Birth Control, Sterilization, and Abortion in Public Health and Welfare Simon, Bryant, A Fabric of Defeat: The Politics of South Carolina Millhands, 1910-1948 Stanonis, Anthony J., Creating the Big Easy: New Orleans And the Emergence of Modern Tourism, 1918-1945 Tyson, Timothy B. Radio Free Dixie: Robert F. Williams and the Roots of Black Power Wailoo, Keith. Dying in the City of the Blues: Sickle Cell Anemia and the Politics of Race and Health