The United States South, 1800-1970

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Course Description

  • Course Name

    The United States South, 1800-1970

  • Host University

    Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

  • Location

    Amsterdam, The Netherlands

  • Area of Study

    American Studies, History

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

    6
  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4
  • Overview

    Period 2 +3

    Level: 300

    COURSE OBJECTIVE
    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.

    COURSE CONTENT
    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.

    TEACHING METHODS
    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.

    ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
    Ordinarily students will have to have finished all the first-year courses.

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