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HIST 3435 Study and Writing of History: Slavery and Memory: The WPA Narratives and Antebellum Slavery (Fall: 3 )


Course Description

This course has one central database that students will use as their primary source(s): the over 2000 accounts of former slaves collected by Works Progress Administration interviewers during the depression. These sources are problematic, and raise interesting questions about the difference between history and memory, how to use sources that are deeply prejudiced and slanted, and about horrific experiences, like enslavement, can be represented. Students will write on some aspect of antebellum slavery or its memory using the WPA narratives and the secondary sources that contextualize them. Writing and reading intensive.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Cynthia Lyerly

Prerequisites: The History Core, Parts I and II; History Major Status

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Last Updated: 25-Feb-16