HISTORY 295/395: THE AMERICAN SOUTH

 

Spring 2004

 

Professor: John B. Boles Office: 713-348-5546

Fondren 509, boles@rice.edu Home: 713-664-9038

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January

12: Introduction to the Course

14: Indians and Explorers Boles, chapter 1

16: The Chesapeake Colonies

19: Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday

21: Tobacco and Slaves Boles, chapter 2

23: The Carolina Colonies Boles, chapter 3

26: Maturation of the Colonies

28: Development of a Slave Culture Boles, chapter 4

30: The Backcountry: Settlement and Conflict

February

2: Tension between the Colonies and Britain Boles, chap. 5; begin Breen

4: The South and the American Revolution Boles, chapters 67

6: Discussion of Breen, Tobacco Culture finish Breen

9: The South and the New Nation

11: The Enigma of Thomas Jefferson Boles, chapters 810

13: Beginning of the Bible Belt begin Northup

16: The Rise of the Old South Boles, chapters 1114

18: The Cotton Economy

20: Slavery in the Old South finish Northup

23: Discussion of Northup 5-page Northup review due

25: Women in the Old South

27: MID-TERM EXAM

March

1, 3, 5: Spring Break

8: Beginning of Sectionalism begin Dew

10: The Secession Crisis and Fort Sumter Boles, chapters 1517

12: Discussion of Dew, Apostles of Disunion finish Dew

15: And the War Came

17: Total War Boles, chapters 1819

19: From Gettysburg to Appomattox

22: Political Reconstruction begin Cantrell

24: Social Reconstruction Boles, chapters 2021

26: Origins of Sharecropping Boles, chapters 22

29: New South Movement Boles, chap. 23

31: The Populist Revolt Boles, chapter 24, finish Cantrell

April

2: Progressivism begin Hagood

5: Nadir of Race Relations Boles, chapter 25

7: Impact of the New Deal and World War II Boles, chapter 26; finish Hagood

9: Segregation Under Attack Boles, chapter 2728

12: The Civil Rights Movement Boles, chapter 29

14: Discussion of civil rights revolution in the South begin Applebome

16: The Solid South: Death and Rebirth Boles, chapters 30-31

19: The Sunbelt

21: Discussion of Applebome finish Applebome

23: Does the Distinctive South Have a Future? Boles, chapter 32

 

FINAL TAKE-HOME EXAM FOR GRADUATING SENIORS MUST BE TURNED IN BY APRIL 29 AT NOON.

ALL OTHER STUDENTS, BY MAY 5 AT 5:00 PM.

This is an introductory course that provides an interpretative survey of the history of the American South. While the format is one of lectures, questions and discussion are welcome at all times. Course requirements include a one-hour mid-term exam, a two-hour final (the final is not cumulative), and a 5-page analytical review (not a summary) of Solomon Northup, due February 23. Students taking the course as History 395 will also be required to write a 10-page research paper based on comparing two southern urban newspapers (on microfilm) for a month each in the calendar year 1904. This project will be explained clearly in class, and the paper will be due on Friday, April 19. For 295 students, each exam will count 33 1/3 percent and the book review will count 33 1/3 percent of the final grade; for 395 students, the two exams will each count 20 percent, the book review 25 percent, and the 10-page paper, 40 percent of the final grade. Please feel free to discuss with me any problems you might have with the course and do not worry about "taking my time." My job is to help you learn.

Any student with a documented disability needing academic adjustments or accommodations is requested to speak with me during the first two weeks of class. All discussions will remain confidential. Students with disabilities should also contact Disabled Student Services in the Ley Student Center.

Please consult the class web page at www.owlnet.rice.edu/~hist295 for an online copy of this syllabus and any changes in the class schedule or assignments. This web page also can be reached from the Rice home page through the Teaching & Research menu option.

 

Please purchase and read the following books:

 

John B. Boles, The South Through Time: A History of an American Region

(a two-volume combination package)

T. H. Breen, Tobacco Culture

Solomon Northup, Twelve Years a Slave

Charles B. Dew, Apostles of Disunion

Gregg Cantrell, Feeding the Wolf: John B. Rayner and the Politics of Race

Margaret Jarman Hagood, Mothers of the South

Peter Applebome, Dixie Rising: How the South is Shaping American Values, Politics, and Culture

 

Teaching assistant: David L. Davis (dldavis@rice.edu)