Unit 6: Optional Readings


Slavery & The South

  • Sections  from: Morrison & Commager, The Birth of the American Republic, multiple years. [PDF]
  • Time Magazine account of the controversy over the textbook from 1951. [PDF]
  • Jonathan Zimmerman, "Brown-ing the American Textbook: History, Psychology, and the Origins of Modern Multiculturalism," History of Education Quarterly 44.1 (Spring 2004). [PDF]
  • Drew Gilpin Faust, "Introduction: The Proslavery Argument in History," in The Ideology of Slavery (LSU Press, 1981), 1-19. [PDF]
  • James Sweet on Slave Resistance [LINK]
  • Essay on Trickster Tales [LINK]

Anti-Slavery & Abolition

  • Henry Box Brown [LINK]
  • PBS, The West" on Free Soil [LINK]

Crisis of the 1850s

  • NY Times article on the Lemmon Case [LINK]

The Civil War

  • James M. McPherson, "Antebellum Southern Exceptionalism: A New Look at an Old Question," Civil War History Vol. L. No. 4 (December 2004), 418-433 [PDF]