The Historical Roots of the Contemporary South

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The Historical Roots of the Contemporary South

This course will concentrate on several overlapping themes regarding the social, political, and economic development of the Contemporary South, beginning with the end of the Civil War and continuing through to the present day. Through our discussions of primary and secondary source readings, we will seek out the voices of the common people as well as the voices of those in power. Themes covered will include the primacy of race, the significance of localism and tradition, the endurance of political conservatism, and the pervasiveness of religious underpinnings that continue to shape the South. We will also look at the ways the South began to change following WWII and examine how the region has influenced the rest of the country.