Jan 26, 2023  
2022-2023 Academic Catalog 
    
2022-2023 Academic Catalog

HIS 100-02 - Introduction to Historical Inquiry

4 credits (Fall )
The Rise and Fall of New World Slavery. This course provides an introduction to issues of historical causation, argumentation, and evidence, through the lens of the foundings and practices of New World slavery, as well as the social movements that abolished the institution. After an introductory unit on historical methods, we will use our exploration of slavery as it developed in Brazil, the Caribbean, and mainland North America as a window on issues of power and exploitation, outsiders and insiders, the construction of race, the connections between freedom and slavery, the early stages of consumer-driven economics, and the promise and limitations of social reform. A central theme in the course will be the way in which “progress” and freedom depended on the enslavement of Africans.

Prerequisite: None.
Instructor: Lacson