The United States South, 1800-1970
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Area of Study
American Studies, History
Taught In English
Recommended U.S. Semester Credits3
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units4
Hours & Credits
Period 2 +3
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 1970 and is able to describe its character. Students are informed on a number of historiographic relevant topics such as the debate on slavery and its aftermath. Students will be able to analyse, and review the book The American South. A history. Finally students are able to report in writing about the historical development of identity of the U.S. South. Writing a review, giving presentations and writing an essay on an academic level about historical discussions on political sensitive subjects.
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 and the Civil Rights Movement.
Seminars. Mandatory attendance: at least 90% attendence is required.
TYPE 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 7 short written assigments. III) Review assigment. IV) Presentation. V) Essay.
Ordinarily students will have to have finished all the first-year courses.
Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.
Some courses may require additional fees.