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Module

HIS3212 : Reconstruction and the New South, 1865-1900

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Bruce Baker
  • Owning School: History, Classics and Archaeology
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

The American Civil War brought the slave society of the South to an end and raised questions that would take half a century, and more, to answer: how could those who controlled the land continue to produce cotton and other export staples in a labour regime that was based on race but without the compulsions of slavery? How could former slaves find a place in new social and political systems? What effects would the integration of the region into national economic structures have on the lives of its inhabitants? This course examines these questions, studying the rise and fall of African American political power during Reconstruction, the changes in agriculture and the rise of industrialisation, racial violence and the origins of the segregation and disfranchisement of African Americans, and the fate of Progressive Era reform in the South. We will use a wide range of primary source material, including published works, manuscript collections, newspapers, and government records, most available in digital form.

This course is intended:

•To familiarise students with the historiographical literature relating to the American South between the Civil War and World War I
•To introduce students to historical research and to guide them in the analysis of primary documents and texts.
•Thereby to enable students to develop their own interpretation of the period.
•To provide an opportunity of investigating in some depth selected problems, including the appraisal
of selected source material and the critical examination of current historiography.
•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.

Outline Of Syllabus

The following is a guide only. Actual subjects may differ from those listed.

Civil War and the Collapse of Slavery
Emancipation
Reconstruction
The Failure of Land Reform
The Death of Reconstruction
King Cotton
The New South
Lynching and Violence
Agrarian Protest

Teaching Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials11:001:00Module introduction
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials83:0024:00Mixture of video lectures, podcasts, clips, documents with structured questions
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion83:0024:00Preparation of primary source portfolio items
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion115:0015:00Essay #1 preparation
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion115:0015:00Essay #2 preparation
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading94:0036:00Reading for seminars
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching82:0016:00Online seminar
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching12:002:00Online revision session/overview in Week 9
Structured Guided LearningStructured non-synchronous discussion11:001:00Q&A session about module introduction on Canvas discussion board
Structured Guided LearningStructured non-synchronous discussion81:008:00Discussion of portfolio primary sources on discussion board
Structured Guided LearningStructured non-synchronous discussion81:008:00Discussion of assigned primary sources on discussion board
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study150:0050:00Independent study
Total200:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lecture materials build on the assigned readings to give students the basic understanding of each week's topic. The portfolio assignment has each student find a primary source relevant to that week. This will then be posted on a discussion forum, and students will engage with those sources and also the assigned primary sources on the discussion board. The weekly seminars will synthesise the prior discussion board work around the primary sources and the lecture materials.

Assessment Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay2M52Essay/doc.commentary of 2,000 words (including footnotes but excluding bibliography)
Portfolio2M488 weekly writing assignments totaling 2000 words
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Documentary commentary exercises and examinations test knowledge and understanding of the texts set for the module. The ability to compare and contrast related source texts on a common subject. The ability to expound and criticize a textual extract lucidly, succinctly and with relevance in a relatively brief space, and, in an exam, under pressure of time.

Work submitted during the delivery of the module forms a means of determining student progress.

Submitted work tests intended knowledge and skills outcomes, develops key skills in research, reading and writing.

This module can be made available to Erasmus students only with the agreement of the Head of Subject and of the Module Leader. This option must be discussed in person at the beginning of your exchange period. No restrictions apply to study-abroad, exchange and Loyola students.
All Erasmus students at Newcastle University are expected to do the same assessment as students registered for a degree.
Study-abroad, non-Erasmus exchange and Loyola students spending semester 1 only are required to finish their assessment while in Newcastle. This will take the form of an alternative assessment, as outlined in the formats below:

Modules assessed by Coursework and Exam:
The normal alternative form of assessment for all semester 1 non-EU study abroad students will be one essay in addition to the other coursework assessment (the length of the essay should be adjusted in order to comply with the assessment tariff); to be submitted no later than 12pm Friday of week 12. The essays should be set so as to assure coverage of the course content to date.

Modules assessed by Exam only:
The normal alternative form of assessment for all semester 1 non-EU study abroad students will be two 2,000 word written exercises; to be submitted no later than 12pm Friday of week 12. The essays should be set so as to assure coverage of the course content to date.

Modules assessed by Coursework only:
All semester 1 non-EU study abroad students will be expected to complete the standard assessment for the module; to be submitted no later than 12pm Friday of week 12. The essays should be set so as to assure coverage of the course content to date.

Study-abroad, non-Erasmus exchange and Loyola students spending the whole academic year or semester 2 are required to complete the standard assessment as set out in the MOF under all circumstances.

Reading Lists

Timetable