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

Spring 2010


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Course Description

An examination of the brief life and enduring legacy of the would-be new nation from the perspectives of different groups of Southerners. We'll consider racial and gender ideologies, class relations, political conflict, and regional diversity in an effort to avoid generalizing about "the solid South" during this turbulent period.

Grading Policy

20 percent: Engagement with the course, including regular attendance, participation in class discussion, and completion of weekly discussion questions based on required readings 25 percent: final examination 20 percent: 5-7-page primary document analysis 35 percent: 12-15-page research paper


J. William Harris, Plain Folk and Gentry in a Slave Society: White Liberty and Black Slavery in Augusta's Hinterlands Catherine Clinton, ed., Southern Families at War: Loyalty and Conflict in the Civil War South Clarence Mohr, On the Threshold of Freedom: Masters and Slaves in Civil War Georgia James Roark, Masters Without Slaves: Southern Planters in the Civil War and Reconstruction Emory Thomas, The Confederate Nation: 1861-1865 Susie King Taylor, Reminiscences of My Life in Camp Stephen Crane, The Red Badge of Courage Documents package (available from the instructor for purchase) Online Material: Mary Boykin Chesnut, Diary


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