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Module

HIS2131 : American Slavery, American Freedom: Black and White America in the Age of Revolutions

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Professor Susan-Mary Grant
  • Owning School: History, Classics and Archaeology
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

The foundation of European colonies in North America marked the birth of a society that would eventually become the United States of America. Integral to this process was the simultaneous rise of Atlantic slavery and the forced transportation of millions of Africans to the Americas. At first slavery was simply an economic system, but as it developed it infected the political, social, and intellectual life of the newly independent nation, leading to the traumatic rupture of the Civil War in 1861.

This module explores the origins of the many race, class and gender issues that America still grapples with today by placing these in the broader context of the nation's colonial origins and the revolutionary upheavals of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. In particular, it explores the contradictory concepts of slavery and freedom in a nation supposedly devoted to the principle of equality for all.

This module aims:
•       To introduce students to historical research and to guide them in the analysis of primary documents and texts.
•       To provide an opportunity to acquire a sound general knowledge of the subject, reading widely and critically in the primary and secondary literature associated with it and to develop the capacity for independent study.
•       To enable students to develop their own interpretation of the politics, society and culture of North America/the USA from the colonial era to the end of the Civil War.

Outline Of Syllabus

Outline syllabus, intended as a guide only.

Colonial foundations
Ideas of race and beginnings of slavery in colonial America
Race and Revolution
Westward Expansion
The Cotton Kingdom in the South
Abolitionists v. Proslavery
The Civil War
The Civil War as the Second American Revolution

Teaching Methods

Module leaders are revising this content in light of the Covid 19 restrictions.
Revised and approved detail information will be available by 17 August.

Assessment Methods

Module leaders are revising this content in light of the Covid 19 restrictions.
Revised and approved detail information will be available by 17 August.

Reading Lists

Timetable