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E-Seminars in This Series

E-Seminar 1
The Origins of Slavery in the New World


E-Seminar 2
The Struggle for Freedom


E-Seminar 4
Abolitionism and Antislavery


E-Seminar 5
The Civil War


E-Seminar 6
The Meaning of Freedom


E-Seminar 7
Radical Reconstruction


E-Seminar 8
Retreat from Reconstruction


Slavery and Emancipation
A Series of Eight E-Seminars


 
Slavery and Emancipation
E-Seminar 3, The Old South

Taught by: Eric Foner

Description
E-Seminar Description
In The Old South, the third e-seminar in the series Slavery and Emancipation, Professor Eric Foner discusses the expansion of slavery during the first half of the nineteenth century, when it became the most powerful economic institution in the United States. He describes the arguments that proslavery Southerners used to defend their "peculiar institution" and details the system of subordination they created whereby slaves had virtually no legal rights. Professor Foner also describes how slaves nevertheless developed a semiautonomous culture that enabled them to survive without surrendering their desire for freedom—to maintain stable families as best they could, develop their own variant of Christianity, and search for ways to resist their enslavement. Using state-of-the art digital techniques, the seminar combines streaming video of Professor Foner's lecture with text, images, maps, audio slideshows, primary documents, and a discussion board.

E-Seminar Length:3-5 hours
Start Date:Anytime
Credits:Not-for-Credit
Prerequisites:None
Moderator:None
Columbia Students, Faculty, Staff, and Alumni:FREE

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E-Seminar Objectives | Outline | Instructor's Background | Recommended Reading | Technical Requirements

E-Seminar Objectives
•    Explain the causes and consequences of the expansion of slavery into the Gulf states during the first half of the nineteenth century.

•    Describe how slaveowners defended the institution of slavery.

•    Compare the realities of slave life with the paternalistic vision of master-slave relations that was held by many plantation owners.

•    Describe the various forms of labor performed by slaves in different regions of the South.

•    Discuss the forms of resistance employed by slaves.

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Outline
1. Introduction
2. The Rise of the Cotton Kingdom
3. Plantation Values
4. Slave Life and Culture
5. Resistance to Slavery
6. Conclusion

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Instructor's Background
Instructor's Background
Eric Foner, DeWitt Clinton Professor of History at Columbia University, received his Ph.D. in American history at Columbia under the supervision of Richard Hofstadter. His publications have concentrated on the intersections of intellectual, political, and social history and the history of American race relations. Among his books are Free Soil, Free Labor, Free Men: The Ideology of the Republican Party before the Civil War (1970, 1971, 1995); Tom Paine and Revolutionary America (1976); Politics and Ideology in the Age of the Civil War (1980); Nothing but Freedom: Emancipation and Its Legacy (1983), and Reconstruction: America's Unfinished Revolution, 1863–1877 (1988, 2002), winner of the Bancroft Prize, Parkman Prize, Avery O. Craven Prize, Owsley Award, Lionel Trilling Prize, and the Los Angeles Times Book Award. With John A. Garraty, he edited The Reader's Companion to American History (1991). His most recent books are The Story of American Freedom (1998), Who Owns History: Rethinking the Past in a Changing World (2002), a collection of his recent essays.

A winner of the Great Teacher Award from the Society of Columbia Graduates, Professor Foner is an elected member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and of the British Academy. He served in 1993-94 as President of the Organization of American Historians, and in 2000 as President of the American Historical Association. He has directed summer seminars for college and high school teachers sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Gilder-Lehrman Institute, and is the editor of The New American History (1990, 1997), a collection of essays sponsored by the American Historical Association and designed to acquaint high-school teachers with the latest trends in historical scholarship on the American past.

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Recommended Reading
Aptheker, Herbert. American Negro Slave Revolts. 5th ed. New York: International Publishers, 1983.

Douglass, Frederick. Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2001.

Franklin, John Hope, and Loren Schweninger. Runaway Slaves: Rebels on the Plantation, 1790–1860. New York: Oxford University Press, 1999.

Genovese, Eugene D. Roll, Jordon, Roll: The World the Slaves Made. New York: Pantheon, 1974.

Gutman, Herbert G. The Black Family in Slavery and Freedom, 1750–1925. 1st ed. New York: Pantheon, 1976.

Kolchin, Peter. American Slavery, 1619–1877. New York: Hill and Wang, 1993.

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Technical Requirements
You will need to use a computer with Internet access to complete this course. We recommend the following minimum configurations:

IBM-COMPATIBLE PC
Windows 95, 98, 2000, XP, or NT
64 MB of RAM (128 recommended)
Monitor: 800x600 resolution recommended
Connection: Internet service and 56K modem minimum
Browser: Internet Explorer 4 or above (Internet Explorer 5 strongly recommended) or Netscape 4.7 or above
Sound Card (if you can hear audio you have a sound card)
Plug-ins: RealPlayer 7 or later; Flash Player 5 or later; Acrobat Reader 5 or later
(all plug-ins are free)

MACINTOSH
MAC OS 8.6 or higher
64 MB of RAM (128 recommended)
Monitor: 800x600 resolution recommended
Connection: Internet service and 56K modem minimum
Browser: Internet Explorer 5 or above or Netscape 4.7 or above
Sound Card (if you can hear audio you have a sound card)
Plug-ins: RealPlayer 7 or later; Flash Player 5 or later; Acrobat Reader 5 or later
(all plug-ins are free)

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