History of the Slave South

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This course explores the relationship between slavery and democracy at the heart of American history. It is about the rise and fall of the slave South from the beginning of the seventeenth century to the end of the American Civil War.
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8/10 starsCompleted
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4 years, 9 months ago
Dr. McCurry tackles a very difficult and potentially controversial subject in this course. As she states early on, the sourcing is both hard to locate and of dubious quality. It takes a lot of effort and expertise to sort it all out. Kudos to her for having the wisdom and patience to do that and deliver the material in a series of high quality lectures with some excellent primary source readings. Well worth the investment of time and effort. The chances to stimulate your thinking in this course are excellent.
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10/10 starsCompleted
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4 years, 10 months ago
McCurry has a great approach to understanding the impacts of slavery within the broader history of the United States. She presents the historical facts in devastatingly clear detail, without getting ideological. This course opened my eyes to the bias of my own education in United States history and challenged many cultural assumptions about our (mostly Southern) "founding fathers." It exposed many of the implicit justifications for slavery that we still experience in U.S. Society and media.
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8/10 starsCompleted
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4 years, 10 months ago
I thought the lectures were very interesting and the readings went well with the lectures. There was one discussion question that you were required to answer each week. Some of the answers were very interesting to read as they often gave a different perspective or even added info. There were no tests, but there were 5 writing assignments. The time for this, as well as the student reviews you have to do, were very demanding. The reason I did not give this course a 5 star rating is because the grading system was not well explained. Many (including myself) were baffled as to how our percentage grades were arrived at. Several postings from students to the staff went unanswered. The course demanded a lot of work, and I think we deserved to know how the grades were given.
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8/10 starsCompleted
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5 years ago
I enjoyed Dr. Stephanie McCurry's lectures, which included screen shots of maps, paintings, and photographs nicely woven in to add interest to a particular week's lectures. The readings were appropriate and supported the course work. It was a good class that explored elements of US Civil War history that are often not covered in basic US History survey courses. I am pretty familiar with the war, but most of my reading has been focused either on Lincoln or battles, so the larger perspective of how slavery impacted the country (and the lives of the slaves themselves) was a worthwhile new perspective. I found the least satisfying part of the class to be the essays and evaluations. I thought the essay topics were pretty lightweight and mostly designed to make sure students read the work. Most frustrating (for me) were the peer reviews. Each week you had to review the work of 4 other students, answering 3 questions about their work, and y... I enjoyed Dr. Stephanie McCurry's lectures, which included screen shots of maps, paintings, and photographs nicely woven in to add interest to a particular week's lectures. The readings were appropriate and supported the course work. It was a good class that explored elements of US Civil War history that are often not covered in basic US History survey courses. I am pretty familiar with the war, but most of my reading has been focused either on Lincoln or battles, so the larger perspective of how slavery impacted the country (and the lives of the slaves themselves) was a worthwhile new perspective. I found the least satisfying part of the class to be the essays and evaluations. I thought the essay topics were pretty lightweight and mostly designed to make sure students read the work. Most frustrating (for me) were the peer reviews. Each week you had to review the work of 4 other students, answering 3 questions about their work, and your review was required to be a minimum of 150 words per essay. That's a lot of writing, and some students only turned in a few words or were blowing off a class, but you were still stuck writing a "review." Also, given the open nature of the MOOC, the quality of the reviews you receive on your own work is VERY mixed (and there were endless discussion board postings complaining about the reviews). But if you're interested in the topic, it's worth signing up for the lectures and to dabble in the essays (particularly if you're not concerned over getting a certificate). I'd like to see the professor take a more adventurous approach to the lectures, because although they DO incorporate good information, it's entirely the single professor staring into a camera and lecturing. (In contrast, Al Fireis of ModPo provides group discussions with students, live webinars, etc. and really pushes the online medium further). Overall, a good first effort on the professor's part.
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