Slavery In The American South HIST4026

  • Academic Session: 2014-15
  • School: School of Humanities
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 4 (SCQF level 10)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes

Short Description

This course will examine the ways in which both slaves and whites negotiated identities and formed communities under the pressures of the 'peculiar institution.' We will discuss why Americans turned to slavery in the early colonial period, and why some elements of the white population supported slavery, and others did not, right up to the outbreak of Civil War. The course will explore the interaction between 'race', class and gender in a slave society with an emphasis on the experiences of the slave population; particularly the different social, cultural, religious and economic techniques used by African Americans to survive their enslavement.


Taught twice weekly.

Requirements of Entry

Admission to honours in History.

Excluded Courses





Coursework - class essay (2000 words approximately)

Examination duration - 120 mins

Coursework - seminar presentation

Main Assessment In: April/May