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

Fall 2004

HIS 392 • Modernity and the U.S. South

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
38662 W
3:00 PM-6:00 PM
WEL 3.402
Green

Course Description

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.

Texts

Possible readings (not a final list): Ownby,Ted. AMERICAN DREAMS IN MISSISSIPPI: CONSUMERS, POVERTY, AND CULTURE, 1830-1998. Brundage, W. Fitzhugh, ed. WHERE THOSE MEMORIES GROW: HISTORY, MEMORY, AND SOUTHERN IDENTITY. Dailey, Jane, et al., JUMPIN’ JIM CROW: SOUTHERN POLITICS FROM CIVIL WAR TO CIVIL RIGHTS. Korstad, Robert Rodgers. CIVIL RIGHTS UNIONISM: TOBACCO WORKERS AND THE STRUGGLE FOR DEMOCRACY IN THE MID-TWENTIETH CENTURY SOUTH.

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