The Rise and Fall of the Slave South

Spring 2014

HIUS 3231

The Rise and Fall of the Slave South

Elizabeth Varon

This course will explore the history of the American South from the colonial period to 1900.  The central theme is the changing nature and meaning of “southern distinctiveness.”  We will focus on the origins of slavery and the plantation system; the shifting race, gender and class relations among Southerners; sectionalism and the causes of the Civil War; the rise and demise of the Confederacy; Reconstruction and the “New South”; and on social and ideological divisions within the region. We will read a wide range of primary sources including political speeches, slave narratives, newspapers, diaries, letters and memoirs.


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