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Stephanie M. H. Camp
HSTAA 590
Seattle Campus

Topics in American History

Seminar on selected topics in American history, with special emphasis on preparation for field examinations. Topics vary according to interests of students and instructor.

Class description

What is the South? Who is southern? What makes the South distinct from other American regions? What have been the unique concerns and themes in the study of the American South? Are the answers primarily cultural? Political? This seminar will explore these questions through our study of canonical texts in southern history. Topics include: the formation of a southern culture in colonial Virginia, the cultures of masters (elite and yeoman) and slaves in the antebellum years, Reconstruction, the making of a segregated society and culture, its unmaking, the transformation of the American South through mechanization and the dissemination of southern cultures (whatever they are) through migration.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

I like to let students know ahead of time the volume of reading I expect in this course and also to give you the opportunity to get books used...

Required Books for HSTAA 590, The American South

1. W.J. Cash, The Mind Of The South 2. Lillian Smith, Killers Of The Dream 3. Rhys saac, The Transformation Of Virginia 4. Drew Gilpin Faust, James Henry Hammond 5. Kenneth Greenberg, Honor And Slavery 6. Stephanie McCurry, Masters Of Small Worlds 7. Eugene Genovese, Roll Jordan Roll 8. W.E.B. DuBois, Black Reconstruction 9. C. Vann Woodward, Strange Career Of Jim Crow 10. Edward Ayers, Southern Crossing 11. Jack Temple Kirby, Rural Worlds Lost 12. James N. Gregory, The Southern Diaspora

Recommended preparation

Intended for graduate students.

Class assignments and grading

Students are required to participate actively in class discussion. Course work consists of intense weekly reading, weekly response papers, discussion and a final 15-page review essay on a topic of the studentís choice.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Jennifer Weiss
Date: 10/18/2007