The United States South, 1800-1970


Course Objective

The critical abilities of the student will be stimulated and improved
during this course. The student has insight in the history of the U.S.
South between 1800 and the present and is able to describe its
Students are informed on a number of historiographic relevant topics
such as the debate on slavery and its aftermath. Finally
students are able to report in writing about the historical development
of identity of the U.S. South. Students will write review,s giving
and write an essay on an academic level about historical discussions
on political sensitive subjects.

Course Content

The main subject of this course is the history of the U.S. South. The
following subjects will be discussed: plantation economies, slavery, the
free black population, the American Civil War, the abolition of slavery,
the Reconstruction period after the Civil War, the introduction of the
Jim Crow segregation laws, the economic problems in the Interbellum,
the Civil Rights Movement and the New South.

Teaching Methods

Seminars. Mandatory attendance: at least 90% attendence is required.

Method of Assessment

This course will be examined with both formative and summative tests: I)
A test professional behavior. Attendance, commitment, and participation
will be checked. II) The submission of short written assigments. III)
Review assigment. IV) Presentation. V) Essay.

Entry Requirements

Ordinarily students will have to have finished all the first-year
courses. Please contact the instructor if you do not fulfill this
requirement and want to follow this course anyway.


Articles (see course manual) and William A. Link, Southern Crucible. The
Making of an American Region NB: we use the Combined Volume

Target Audience

Students BA3. This course can be chosen as a minor in other studies,
such as social sciences or English/American Literature.

Additional Information

This course is part of the minor 'American Studies'.

General Information

Course Code L_GEBAALG005
Credits 6 EC
Period P2+3
Course Level 300
Language of Tuition English
Faculty Faculty of Humanities
Course Coordinator dr. S.W. Verstegen
Examiner dr. S.W. Verstegen
Teaching Staff H. Blommers MA
dr. S.W. Verstegen

Practical Information

You need to register for this course yourself

Last-minute registration is available for this course.

Teaching Methods Seminar
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