Undergraduate Course: The Peculiar Institution: Slavery in the U.S. South, 1789-1860 (HIST10333)
|School||School of History, Classics and Archaeology
||College||College of Humanities and Social Science
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||This course examines the history of slavery in the U.S. South between the American Revolution and the Civil War.
This course aims to provide students with a broad understanding of U.S slavery in its final decades. We will explore slavery on a number of levels: as an economic system that allowed slaveholders to exploit land and forced labour; as a mechanism of racial control; and as an institution that purportedly exercised absolute control over slaves' lives and labour. Reflecting the thrust of the last generation of slavery studies, our major focus will be on the lives of slaves themselves, exploring their work patterns, personal relationships, social and religious lives, and gender roles and identities.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| A pass or passes in 40 credits of first level historical courses or equivalent and a pass or passes in 40 credits of second level historical courses or equivalent.
Before enrolling students on this course, Personal Tutors are asked to contact the History Honours Admission Administrator to ensure that a place is available (Tel: 50 3780).
|Additional Costs|| 0
Information for Visiting Students
|Pre-requisites||Visiting students should have at least 3 History courses at grade B or above (or be predicted to obtain this). We will only consider University/College level courses. Applicants should note that, as with other popular courses, meeting the minimum does NOT guarantee admission.
** as numbers are limited, visiting students should contact the Visiting Student Office directly for admission to this course **
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Course Delivery Information
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On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Demonstrate, by way of coursework and examination as required, command of the body of knowledge considered in the course;
- Demonstrate, by way of coursework and examination as required, an ability to read, analyse and reflect critically upon relevant scholarship;
- Demonstrate, by way of coursework and examination as required, an ability to understand, evaluate and utilise a variety of primary source material;
- Demonstrate, by way of coursework and examination as required, the ability to develop and sustain scholarly arguments in oral and written form, by formulating appropriate questions and utilising relevant evidence;
- Demonstrate independence of mind and initiative; intellectual integrity and maturity; an ability to evaluate the work of others, including peers.
|Peter Kolchin, American Slavery, 1619-1877|
John Blassingame, "Using the Testimony of Ex-Slaves: Approaches and Problems,"
Journal of Southern History 41 (1975): 473-92.
Carl N. Degler, 'Why Historians Change their Minds,' Pacific Historical Review 45
Walter Johnson, 'On Agency,' Journal of Social History 37:1 (2003): 113-126.
Norman Yetman, 'Ex-Slave Interviews and the Historiography of Slavery,' American
Quarterly 36 (1984): 181-210.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Course organiser||Dr David Silkenat
Tel: (0131 6)50 4614
|Course secretary||Miss Annabel Stobie
Tel: (0131 6)50 3783