Slavery and Abolition
Slavery and race are essential to understanding the character of American life and history. This course will look at how the institution of slavery played a central role in the creation of the Constitution, its expansion in the 19th century, and the emergent antislavery movement in the North. Dubbed “radicals” by both southerners and most northerners, the abolitionists worked tirelessly, at great risk to themselves, to persuade Americans that slavery was a sin against God that needed to be ended immediately. Students will learn about such individuals as Nat Turner, leader of a slave revolt in Virginia; William Lloyd Garrison, the premier abolitionist editor from Boston; the Grimke sisters, abolitionists raised by slaveholding parents; and Harriet Tubman, an ex-slave and a “conductor” on the Underground Railroad.
Live Classes: Wednesdays, 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time, from January 13th to May 12th
Student Support: The instructor will be available via email and also via individual face-to-face online conferences.
Materials: All reading materials will be available on the internet. Readings will focus on letters and speeches, as well as relevant modern articles by historians.