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

Spring 2009

HIS 345M • The South Since 1865

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Course Description

What is the nature and extent of the South's distinctiveness, as a region of the United States and as a place in the American imagination? This course seeks to go beyond facile sloganeeringthe South that is Old, New, Solid, or Sunbelt--to examine major political, economic, demographic, and social transformations in the former Confederate states since the Civil War. To complicate the conventional view that focuses on the one-party South, a place of stark contrasts between blacks and whites, we shall examine the class dimensions of political and economic conflict, as well as nontraditional challenges to stubborn hierarchies based on ideologies of social difference. Thus the course highlights the work and family life of ordinary black and white men and women, as well as the roles of elites who wielded formal power in fields, factories, and state and federal legislatures. Among the topics we shall consider are the dynamics of persistent protest on the part of African Americans, with or without the support of white allies; legal and social foundations of Jim-Crow segregation; the irony of Progressive reform movements; the mixed record of southern industrial development; varieties of agrarian and worker-based insurgencies; federal legislation as a challenge to southern economic and cultural isolation; environmental factors shaping the regions history; Cold War anti-Communism, southern-style; and literary and religious perspectives on southern distinctiveness. The practical consequences of shifting racial ideologies, combined with the history of the southern political economy, will constitute the narrative framework of the course.

Grading Policy

Writing assignments include: 1) One 5-page paper in response to a general question about the readings, lectures, and class discussions to date. 2) An in-class mid-term examination 3) A final examination Student evaluation will be based on the following criteria: Short paper: 20 percent Mid-term: 35 percent Final: 45 percent


Required Readings: William and Link and Marjorie Spruill Wheeler, eds., The South in the History of the Nation: Vol. Two: From Reconstruction (Bedford/St. Martins, 1999) J. William Harris, Deep Souths: Delta, Piedmont, and Sea Island Society in an Age of Segregation (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2001) David G. Garrow, ed., The Montgomery Bus Boycott and the Women Who Started It: The Memoir of Jo Ann Gibson Robinson (University of Tennessee Press, 1987) Jacqueline Jones Royster, ed., Southern Horrors and Other Writings: The Anti-Lynching Campaign of Ida B. Wells, 1892-1900 (Bedford, 1997) Alex Lichtenstein, ed., Howard Kester, Revolt Among the Sharecroppers (University of Tennessee Press, 1997) Michael Eric Dyson, Come Hell or High Water: Hurricane Katrina and the Color of Disaster (Basic, 2006) Documents packet (available for purchase)


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