Please note that this module was available
until 2013, but has since been
withdrawn and is no longer available.
Tutor: Dr Sergio Lussana
This module, taught in the Spring term, may be taken by students on the MA in History, the MA in Modern History, the MA in the History of Race in the Americas, or any taught Master's student outside the History Department.
This course aims to study the racial milieu of the antebellum Southern United States, possibly the most heterogeneous of all American Societies. While the region as a whole had a white majority, it is important to recognise that certain areas had a mainly black or Indian population. Understanding the historical importance of race in the region in the main aim of the module, and offers a contrast to the racial perceptions of Americans in different centuries and in other societies (such as the Caribbean and Latin America).
Students will explore, through the use of primary and secondary material, the interaction between the three races in the antebellum South. They will gain an understanding of how each major racial grouping perceived themselves and how they perceived others. They will also examine the impact of class and gender on racial perceptions, and examine the concept that race is fundamentally a social construct.
Seminar 1: Introduction
Seminar 2: Elite Whites
Seminar 3: Non-Elite Whites
Seminar 4: Slave Community
Seminar 5: Free Black Community
Seminar 6: Black-White Interaction
Seminar 7: Case Study: The Cherokee
Seminar 8: Case Study: The Seminole
Axtell, James, The European and the Indian
Blassingame, John W., The slave community: plantation life in the antebellum South. New York, 1972.
Fox-Genovese, Elizabeth, Within the plantation household: black and white women of the old South. Chapel Hill, NC, 1988.
Fredrickson, G. M., The black image in the white mind.
Fredrickson, G. M., The arrogance of race
Genovese, Eugene D., The world the slaveholders made: two essays in interpretation. London, 1970.
Genovese, Eugene D., Roll, Jordan, roll: the world the slaves made. New York, 1974.
Harris, J. William, Plain folk and gentry in a slave society: white liberty and black slavery in Augusta's hinterlands.
Hoetink, H., Slavery and race relations in the Americas. London, 1973.
Jordan, Winthrop D., White over black: American attitudes towards the Negro. Chapel Hill, NC, 1968.
Levine, Lawrence W., Black culture and black consciousness: Afro-American thought from slavery to freedom. Oxford, 1977.
Oakes, James, Slavery and freedom: an interpretation of the old South. New York, 1990.
Owens, Leslie Howard, This species of property: slave life and culture in the old South. Oxford, 1977.
Owsley, Frank Lawrence, Plain folk of the old South.
Perdue, Theda, Cherokee Women.
Sobel, Mechal, The world they made together
Starr, Raymond, Race prejudice & the origins of slavery in America
Takaki, Ronald T., Iron cages: race and culture in nineteenth-century America.
Tise, Larry, Proslavery
The module will be taught in weekly two-hour seminars during the Spring Term.
1 assessed essay of 5,000 words.