Gilliam, George H.

History of Virginia, 1900 to 2018

HIUS
3282
Undergraduate
Spring
2018

 

            History is the study of change over time.  This course will examine change in Virginia from about 1900 to the present. The course will study the creation of the great political machines of the 20th century in Virginia, governmental regulation of race relations, progressive regulatory reform, the eugenics movement, and Virginia’s “massive resistance” to school desegregation. The course will study the making of the modern Republican and Democratic parties in Virginia. The course will consider three major themes: (a) which groups have tried to empower which Virginians, at what times and utilizing which strategies, and which groups have tried to disempower which Virginians; (b) how have Virginians used racism to weave the political, social, moral, and economic fabric of modern Virginia; (c) in which respects were the changes in the political, economic, social and racial landscapes of Virginia during the first 45 years of the 20th century similar to such changes in the years following World War II?

 

            Readings will average approximately 120 pages per week, and will be drawn from both primary documents and secondary material.  Among the readings will be selections from Ronald L. Heinemann et al., Old Dominion/New Commonwealth: A History of Virginia, 1607-2005; J. Douglas Smith, Managing White Supremacy: Race, Politics and Citizenship in Jim Crow Virginia; Matthew D. Lassiter and Andrew B. Lewis, The Moderates’ Dilemma: Massive Resistance to School Desegregation in Virginia; and J. Harvie Wilkinson, III, Harry Byrd and the Changing Face of Virginia Politics, 1845-1966. The class meets twice per week.  Approximately 2/3 of each class will be spent in lecture and 1/3 in guided class discussion. There will be a short answer mid-term exam, two short, 2-3 page papers, one 8-10 page term paper requiring the use of primary source materials, and an essay-type final examination.

Course Instructor: 
Maximum Enrollment: 
60
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Virginia History to 1900

HIUS
3281
Undergraduate
Fall
2017

                This three-credit course looks at Virginia's social, political, and economic history from early colonization until the end of the Gilded Age. The class will consider the following broad questions: (1) Why was the rise of an ideology of liberty and equality in Virginia accompanied by the rise of slavery? (2) How did wealthy planters and "common" people alike develop the radical political ideas that led them to revolution? (3) What roles did government play in the state economy? (4) What efforts did Virginians make to rid their state of slavery, and make the electorate as well as legislative representation more democratic, prior to the Civil War? (5) How did Virginians let themselves get drawn into the Civil War? (6) How did some Virginians work toward emancipation of enslaved African-Americans and liberal political reconstruction of the state in the 19th century while others tried to thwart such efforts? The course will devote the first three weeks of the class to the colonial period, and the balance of the semester to a deep-dive into the statehood period 1776-1900.

            Readings will average fewer than 125 pages per week. The principal readings will include: excerpts from Ronald L. Heinemann, et al., Old Dominion/New Commonwealth: A History of Virginia, 1607-2007; portions of Edmund S. Morgan, American Slavery/American Freedom: The Ordeal of Colonial Virginia; Alan Taylor, The Internal Enemy: Slavery and War in Virginia, 1772-1832; William A. Link, Roots of Secession: Slavery and Politics in Antebellum Virginia; and Elizabeth R. Varon, Appomattox: Victory, Defeat and Freedom at the End of the Civil War. (A final syllabus will be available by August 1, 2017.)

            There will be a short-answer mid-term exam and a single-essay final exam. There will be a short (2-3 page) writing exercise early in the semester to acclimate students to writing history based upon primary archival sources, such as those housed in the Special Collections Library. A major portion of each student's final grade will be based a 10-12 page term paper based on original research in primary source documents on a topic of the student's choice. Students will submit multiple drafts of the term paper during the final four weeks of the semester to obtain advice and guidance from the instructor.

            The class will meet twice each week. At each meeting, about an hour will be devoted to lecture and 15 minutes will be devoted to guided class discussions of the readings and other material.

Course Instructor: 
Maximum Enrollment: 
60
Course Type: 

History of Virginia Since 1865

HIUS
3282
Undergraduate
Spring
2017

            History is the study of change over time.  This course will examine change in Virginia from about 1865 to the present.  The course will consider four issues: (a) which groups have tried to empower which Virginians, at what times and utilizing which strategies, and which groups have tried to disempower which Virginians; (b) how have Virginians used racism to weave the political, social, moral, and economic fabric of modern Virginia; (c) the role of sovereign debt and the resolution of the conflict between Funders and Readjusters in constructing Virginia’s “pay-as-you-go” philosophy; (d) in which respects were the changes in the political, economic, social and racial landscapes of Virginia during the sixty years following the Civil War similar to such changes in the sixty years following World War II?

 

            Readings will average approximately 120 pages per week, and will be drawn from both primary documents and secondary material.  Among the readings will be selections from Ronald L. Heinemann et al., Old Dominion/New Commonwealth: A History of Virginia, 1607-2007;as well as: Elizabeth R. Varon, Appomattox: Victory, Defeat, and Freedom at the End of the Civil War; Jane Dailey, Before Jim Crow: The Politics of Race in Postemancipation Virginia; and J. Douglas Smith, Managing White Supremacy: Race, Politics and Citizenship in Jim Crow Virginia. The class meets twice per week.  Approximately 2/3 of each class will be spent in lecture and 1/3 in guided class discussion. There will be a short essay, a short-answer mid-term exam, one 8-10 page paper based upon the student’s original research in primary source materials, and an essay-type final examination.

Course Instructor: 
Maximum Enrollment: 
60
Course Type: 

History of Virginia to 1865

HIUS
3281
Fall
2016

This three-credit course looks at Virginia's social, political, and economic history from early colonization until the end of the Civil War.  The class members will consider the following broad questions: (1) What did the various waves of settlers expect to find in Virginia, how did they prepare for the colonization, and what did they actually find and do once they arrived? (2) Why was the rise of an ideology of liberty and equality in Virginia accompanied by the rise of slavery? (3) How did wealthy planters and "common" people alike develop the radical political ideas that led them to revolution?  Did those groups share the same goals? (4) What roles did Virginia government play in the pre-Civil War state economy? (5) What efforts did Virginians make to rid their state of slavery, and make the electorate as well as legislative representation more democratic, prior to the Civil War? (6) Hod did Virginians let themselves get drawn into the Civil War?

Readings will average about 100 pages per week, with slightly more early in the semester and slightly fewer later when students will devote substantial time to researching, writing, and re-writing a term paper.  The readings will include approximately one-half of Peter Wallenstein, Cradle of America:  A History of Virginia (1914);  Edmund S. Morgan, American Slavery/American Freedom:  The Ordeal of Colonial Virginia; T.H. Breen, Tobacco Culture:  The Mentality of the Great Tidewater Planters on the Eve of Revolution; Alan Taylor, The International Enemy:  Slavery and War in Virginia, 1772-1832; and selections from William W. Freehling, Showdown in Virginia:  The 1861 Convention and the Fate of the Union.  In addition, there may be several journal articles, and readings in primary source documents.  (A final syllabus with greater specificity on required readings will be available August 1, 2016.)

There will be a short-answer mid-term exam and an essay-type final exam.  A major portion of each student's final grade will be determined by the instructor's evaluation of an 8-10 page term paper based on original research in primary source documents on a topic of the student's choice.  Students will submit multiple drafts of the term paper during the final four weeks of the semester to obtain advice and guidance from the instructor.

The class will meet twice a week each week.  At each meeting, about an hour will be devoted to lecture and the final 15 minutes will be devoted to guided class discussions of the readings and other material. 

Course Instructor: 

Virginia History, 1865-2016

HIUS
3282
Undergraduate
Spring
2016

History is the study of change over time.  This course will examine change in Virginia from about 1865 to the present.  The course will consider four issues: (a) which groups have tried to empower which Virginians, at what times and utilizing which strategies, and which groups have tried to disempower which Virginians; (b) how have Virginians used racism to weave the political, social, moral, and economic fabric of modern Virginia; (c) the role of sovereign debt and the resolution of the conflict between Funders and Readjusters in constructing Virginia’s “pay-as-you-go” philosophy; (d) in which respects were the changes in the political, economic, social and racial landscapes of Virginia during the sixty years following the Civil War similar to such changes in the sixty years following World War II?
 
Readings will average approximately 120 pages per week, and will be drawn from both primary documents and secondary material.  Among the readings will be selections from Ronald L. Heinemann et al., Old Dominion/New Commonwealth: A History of Virginia, 1607-2007; as well as: Elizabeth R. Varon, Appomattox: Victory, Defeat, and Freedom at the End of the Civil War; Jane Dailey, Before Jim Crow: The Politics of Race in Postemancipation Virginia; and J. Douglas Smith, Managing White Supremacy: Race, Politics and Citizenship in Jim Crow Virginia. The class meets twice per week.  Approximately 2/3 of each class will be spent in lecture and 1/3 in guided class discussion. There will be a short answer mid-term exam, one 8-10 page paper based upon the student’s original research in primary source materials, one group project, and an essay-type final examination.

Course Instructor: 

History of Virginia 1607-1865

HIUS
3281
Undergraduate
Fall
2015

 

 

This three-credit course looks at Virginia's social, political, and economic history from early colonization until the end of the Civil War. The class members will consider the following broad questions: (1) What did the various waves of settlers expect to find in Virginia, how did they prepare for the colonization, and what did they actually find and do once they arrived? (2) Why was the rise of an ideology of liberty and equality in Virginia accompanied by the rise of slavery? (3) How did wealthy planters and "common" people alike develop the radical political ideas that led them to revolution?  Did those groups share the same goals? (4) What role did Virginia government play in the pre-Civil War state economy? (5) What efforts did Virginians make to rid their state of slavery, and make the electorate as well as legislative representation more democratic, prior to the Civil War? (6) How did Virginians let themselves get drawn into the Civil War?

Readings will average about 100 pages per week, with slightly more early in the semester and slightly less later when students will devote substantial time to researching, writing, and re-writing a term paper. The readings will include ten chapters from Ronald L. Heinemann et als., Old Dominion, New Commonwealth: A History of Virginia 1607-2007; Edmund S. Morgan, American Slavery/American Freedom: The Ordeal of Colonial Virginia; T. H. Breen, Tobacco Culture: The Mentality of the Great Tidewater Planters on the Eve of Revolution; and selections from William W. Freehling, Showdown in Virginia: The 1861 Convention and the Fate of the Union. In addition, there may be several journal articles, and readings in primary source documents. (A final syllabus with greater specificity on required readings will be available by August 1, 2015.)

There will be a short-answer mid-term exam and an essay-type final exam. A major portion of each student's final grade will be determined by the instructor's evaluation of an 8-10 page term paper based on original research in primary source documents on a topic of the student's choice. Students will submit multiple drafts of the term paper during the final four weeks of the semester to obtain advice and guidance from the instructor.

The class will meet twice each week. At each meeting, about an hour will be devoted to lecture and the final 15 minutes will be devoted to guided class discussions of the readings and other material. 

Course Instructor: 
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Corcoran Department of History
University of Virginia
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Charlottesville, VA 22904

  

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