Reading Schedule

Week 1 – Introduction
PLEASE READ BEFORE FIRST CLASS: Kolchin, Ch 1; and Wheeler and Becker, Ch 3 (handout); Morgan, Ch 1-7 (esp 1, 3, 6, 7). For Wheeler and Becker, “Evolution of Colonial Chesapeake Society,” please read introduction, scan statistical tables and familiarize yourself with the questions in the methods section. We will analyze the evidence section in class.


COLONIAL LABOR AND SLAVERY
The early historiography of slavery sought to understand the causal relationship between racism and slavery. Did seventeenth-century Englishmen choose to enslave Africans because they were already racially prejudiced? Or was the turn to slave labor primarily an economic decision, with prejudice toward that degraded status developing later? Edmund Morgan, Tim Breen, and Stephen Innes do not put the question so neatly, leaving much to consider about the nature and development of unfree labor.

Week 2 Colonial Labor: Slavery and Freedom on Maryland's Eastern Shore
Morgan, American Slavery American Freedom (Chs. 10-16)
Oscar and Mary Handlin, “Origins of the Southern Labor System” (1950)
Winthrop Jordan, “Modern Tensions and the Origins of the Southern Labor System” (1968)
Barbara Fields, “Racism and Ideology” (1982)
Documents: Colonial Servitude and Slavery









Week 3 Colonial Slavery continued
Breen and Innes, Myne Owne Ground (all)

Reading Guide for Breen/Innes


Cawley: “A Passionate Affair: The Master-servant Relationship in Seventeenth-century Maryland” (in reader)







Week 4
Kolchin, Ch 3; Tim Breen, Tobacco Culture Ch 2 and 3. (4 and 5 are very good, too)
[ADD ARTICLES]
Documents: Freedom and Slavery



Interviews with Robin Kelley, Ira Berlin, James Horton, Barbara Fields (in reader)
Documents: Freedom and Slavery section








ANTEBELLUM SLAVERY
How did slavery effect the development of families and culture in the antebellum south? Were slaves completely reduced to victims' status? How do we know? Herbert Gutman and Deborah Gray White both look inside the culture of slavery and use Marxist and gender analysis to understand the unique development of an African American culture in the south.

Week 5 Slave Culture, Family, Religion, and Resistance
Gutman, Roll Jordan Roll (selected chapters); (Kolchin Ch 4)


Week 6 Women and Slavery
White, Ain't I a Woman

Primary Sources on Women's Sphere:







Other articles of interest on women and slavery:



Week 7 Slave Markets
Johnson, Soul by Soul; (Kolchin Ch 5)

Primary Sources: The Pro-Slavery Argument





Week 8 Slave Narratives
Yellin, Ed. Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl



Reading guide:

Documents: Harriet Jacobs Correspondence


On Nat Turner's Rebellion:

WRITING ASSIGNMENT BASED ON THESE READINGS -- SEE ASSIGNMENT PAGE



RECONSTRUCTION
The process of reconstructing the nation after the Civil War had profound effects on the American political system and American culture. Here we consider the competing goals and expectations of southern whites and blacks, and northern/western whites, paying special attention to the political and economic process of Reconstruction.

Week 9 – Reconstruction
Foner, Reconstruction -- Please read chapters 1-9 (p. 1-198)

KEY TERMS AND QUESTIONS FOR RECONSTRUCTION: Too long a list...
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Documents: Reconstruction










Week 10 – Reconstruction
Foner, Reconstruction, ch 8-end