This class will examine the South and its people, black and white, as well as its institutions, political ideology, and ultimately, its meaning in the early American continuum from the end of the Civil War to the late twentieth century.

This course is intended to provide a broad base of knowledge about the history of the American South – from economic, political, and social issues to music, art, and literature.

We will begin the semester pondering the post-Civil War definition of the “South ” and end the semester by discussing whether such a distinction exists today.