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This course explores the relationship between slavery and democracy at the heart of American history. It is about the rise and fall of the slave South from the beginning of the seventeenth century to the end of the American Civil War.

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课程大纲

Week One (January 19-January 25)

Lecture 1: New Worlds in the Making 

Lecture 2: Slavery and the Making of the Atlantic World

Readings

Olaudah Equiano, The Interesting Life of Olaudah Equiano; Or, Gustavus Vassa (1789). (Read OnlyFrontmatter, Chapters 1 and 2)

Assignments

Discussion Board Post 1 – Suggested Due Date: 01/25 at noon (EST)


Week Two (January 27-February 02)

Lecture 3: Servitude and Slavery on the Periphery

Lecture 4: Emergence of Southern Slavery

Readings

State of Virginia, "Enactment of Hereditary Slavery" (1662)

State of South Carolina, "An Act for the Better Ordering and Governing Negroes and Other Slaves in this Province" (1740).

Assignments

Discussion Board Post 2 – Suggested Due Date: 02/01 at noon (EST)


Week Three (February 03-February 09)

Lecture 5: William Byrd’s World

Lecture 6: Planters’ Revolution

Readings

William Byrd II, "William Bryd II to Charles Boyle, Earl of Orrery" (1726). (Read OnlyPages 59-62).

Earl of Dunmore, "Proclamation" (1775).   

Thomas Jefferson, "The Declaration of Independence" (1776). 

Assignments

Discussion Board Post 3 – Suggested Due Date: 02/10 at noon (EST)


Week Four (February 10-February 16)

Lecture 7: Slaves’ Revolution

Lecture 8: Jefferson and Slavery

Readings

Thomas Jefferson, Notes on the State of Virginia (1785). (Read OnlyQueries XIV and XVIII)

Assignments

Discussion Board Post 4 – Suggested Due Date: 02/16 at noon (EST)

Writing Assignment 1 – Suggest Due Date: 2/18 at noon (EST)

Peer Feedback 1 – Suggested Due Date: 02/22 at noon (EST)  


Week Five (February 17-February 23)

Lecture 9: Slavery’s Constitution

Lecture 10: Empire of Cotton

Readings

Committee and Council of the Cherokee Nation "Address of the Committee and Council of the Cherokee Nation Convened to the People of the United States" (1830).

Charles Ball, Fifty Years in Chains; Or, The Life of an American Slave (1859). (Read OnlyChapters 2 and 5)

Assignments

Discussion Board Post 5 – Suggested Due Date: 02/21 at noon (EST) 


Week Six (February 24-March 02)

Lecture 11: Plantation Regime

Lecture 12: Masters and Slaves

Readings

James Henry Hammond, "Letter to an English Abolitionist" (1845).

Assignments

Discussion Board Post 6 – Suggested Due Date: 03/01 at noon (EST)


Week Seven (March 03-March 09)

Lecture 13: World the Slaves Made

Lecture 14: Yeoman Farmers and Slaveholder’s Democracy

Readings
Solomon Northrup, Twelve Years a Slave (1853). (Read Only
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Harriet Jacobs, Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl (1861). (Read OnlyChapters V, VI, VII, X, and XIV)

Assignments

Discussion Board Post 7 – Suggested Due Date: 03/08 at noon (EST)

Writing Assignment 2 – Suggested Due Date: 03/12 at noon (EST)

Peer Feedback 2 – Suggested Due Date: 03/17 at noon (EST) 


Week Eight (March 10-March 16)

Lecture 15: Democracy and Empire or The Problem of the Territories

Lecture 16: Political Collapse 

Readings

John Archibald Campbell, "Nashville Convention of 1850: Resolutions" (1850). (Read OnlyPages 122-125)

State of Georgia, "Georgia Platform" (1850).

James Henry Hammond, "Cotton is King Speech" (1858).

Assignments

Discussion Board Post 8 – Suggested Due Date: 03/15 at noon (EST) 


Week Nine (March 17-March 23)

Lecture 17: Secession Solution

Lecture 18: Confederate Republic

Readings

State of Mississippi, "A Declaration of the Immediate Causes which Induce and Justify the Secession of the State of Mississippi from the Federal Union" (1860).

The Confederate States of America, "The Confederate Constitution" (1861).

Alexander Stephens, "Corner Stone Speech" (1861).

Assignments

Discussion Board Post 9 – Suggested Due Date: 03/22 at noon (EST)

Writing Assignment 3 – Suggested Due Date: 03/26 at noon (EST)

Peer Feedback 3 – Due on 03/31 at noon (EST)


Week Ten (March 24-March 30)

Lecture 19: Confederate Reckoning

Lecture 20: The Slaves’ Civil War or the Fall of the Slave South

Readings

Patrick Cleburne, "Patrick Cleburne's Proposal to Arm Slaves" (1864).

Assignments

Discussion Board Post 10 – Suggested Due Date: 03/29 at noon (EST)

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  • Stephanie McCurry - Department of History
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It was a wonderful course, good lectures, reading assignments which gave greater depth to the course - included writings from the periods studied, lots of student contributions with response from tutor or teaching assistants who were actual students of the tutor. Answering questions in the forum was obligatory for receiving a certificate; that could have been tightened up a bit to help ensure students wrote their replies in the correct section of the forum. There were a couple of terrible plagiariists, but they got reported by other students I think.

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It was a wonderful course, good lectures, reading assignments which gave greater depth to the course - included writings from the periods studied, lots of student contributions with response from tutor or teaching assistants who were actual students of the tutor. Answering questions in the forum was obligatory for receiving a certificate; that could have been tightened up a bit to help ensure students wrote their replies in the correct section of the forum. There were a couple of terrible plagiariists, but they got reported by other students I think.