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Undergraduate Course: The American South since the Civil War (HIST10117)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of History, Classics and Archaeology CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThe South is one of America's most distinctive regions because of secession from the Union and the phenomenon of the Lost Cause, adoption of Jim Crow laws, long-time economic backwardness, strong religious piety, development of the civil rights movement, conservative politics, and seeming cultural persistence. There is a rich historiography about the South centred on the issues of race, class, identity, religion, and modernity.
Course description The courses examines the American South from the Civil War until the 1980s. It focuses on the nature of Reconstruction, labour and the economy of the New South, agrarian protest, segregation, disfranchisement and lynching, religion and the Lost Cause, southern progressivism, the impact of the New Deal and the Second World War, the African American freedom struggle, the post-civil rights South, and the issue of the South's cultural persistence.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations 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.
Students should only be enrolled on this course with approval from the History Honours Programme Administrator.
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Not being delivered
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate, by way of coursework and discussion, command of the body of knowledge considered in the course;
  2. Demonstrate, by way of coursework and discussion as required, an ability to read, analyse and reflect critically upon relevant scholarship;
  3. Demonstrate, by way of coursework and discussion, an ability to understand, evaluate and utilise a variety of primary source material;
  4. Demonstrate, by way of coursework, the ability to develop and sustain scholarly arguments in written form, by formulating appropriate questions and utilising relevant evidence;
  5. Demonstrate independence of mind and initiative; intellectual integrity and maturity; an ability to evaluate the work of others.
Reading List
John Boles (ed.) A Companion to the American South (Wiley-Blackwell, 2004)

Steven Hahn, A Nation Under Our Feet: Black political struggles in the rural South, from slavery to the great migration (Harvard, 2003)

Grace Elizabeth Hale, Making Whiteness: The Culture of Segregation in the South, 1890-1940 (Vintage, 1999)

Tara McPherson, Reconstructing Dixie: Race, Gender and Nostalgia in the Imagined South (Duke, 2003)

Edward J. Larson, Summer for the God: the Scopes trial and America's continuing debate over science and religion, (Harvard, 1998)

Mathew Lassiter & Joseph Crespino (eds.) The Myth of Southern Exceptionalism (Oxford, 2010)
Additional Information
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Course organiserDr Megan Hunt
Tel: (0131 6)50 9110
Course secretaryMiss Claire Brown
Tel: (0131 6)50 3582
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