Postgraduate Course: Beyond Slavery: Race, Class, and Citizenship in the American South (1860-1940) (PGHC11327)
|School||School of History, Classics and Archaeology
||College||College of Humanities and Social Science
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||This course explore the interplay of race and class in the American South in the context of the long African-American struggle for citizenship in the United States. In a region shaped by the powerful legacy of slavery, the egalitarian constitutional reforms that followed the Civil War did not lead to substantive equality for African-Americans. As individuals or in groups they challenged the status quo and struggled to establish a broader and more enforceable conception of citizenship, one that would realize the egalitarian promise of the Declaration of Independence. While the postbellum South has received a considerable amount of scholarly attention in the last thirty years, its mainstream view still tends to depict blacks as passive victims in a system designed and controlled by whites. In this course students will gain a sophisticated understanding of race and class relations in the region and will explore how African-Americans resisted racial segregation and class exploitation in a variety of ways.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
Information for Visiting Students
Course Delivery Information
|Not being delivered|
| Upon completion of this course, students should have demonstrated in presentations, seminar discussions, and essays:
* an advanced understanding of the major events and historical trends that affected the American South between 1860 and 1940.
* awareness of the major historiographical debates involving the American South, its system of labour and race relations, political activism and civil rights, including the ability to assess historians' positions in these debates and to formulate original interventions therein.
* the ability to evaluate critically primary sources, secondary sources and the seminar contributions of their colleagues.
* the use of these critical skills to advance clear, well-reasoned and independent arguments in both written and oral forms.
Where relevant, students should also have begun to devise a plan of research for the MSc dissertation that takes into account and critically responds to appropriate historiographical contexts.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Course organiser||Dr Fabian Hilfrich
Tel: (0131 6)51 3236
|Course secretary||Mrs Lindsay Scott
Tel: (0131 6)50 9948