History 373

HIST 373
Appalachian History

Catalog Entry

HIST 373
Appalachian History
Three hours lecture: (3)

Prerequisite: Three hours of History at the 100 level.

Inquiry into uniqueness of the Appalachian region including the people and their history, livelihood, religion, speech, music, social mores, folklore and politics. Emphasis on 20th century.

Detailed Description of Content of Course

The purpose of this course is to provide students with an understanding of the historical trends and developments in the Appalachian region of the American South.

1. Settlement Patterns: 18th and 19th centuries
2. The Pre-Industrial Self-Sufficient Mountain Farmer
3. A Culture Under Attack: The Emergence of Large Scale Industrial Capitalism in Appalachia
4. Labor Wars
5. Cultural Reflections
6. The New Deal and the Great Society
7. Modernization and Its Legacy in Appalachia

Detailed Description of Conduct of Course

The course is taught according to the lecture/discussion method. Lectures and discussions are supplemented with videos, slides, music, and guest lecturers.

Goals and Objectives of the Course

Department Goals:
1. Students will practice thinking critically and analytically about historical issues, acquire a broader knowledge and deeper understanding of pertinent historical events and processes, and cultivate a familiarity with the concepts of historical argument and interpretation.

2. Students will develop disciplinary research skills by designing strategies to locate and analyze primary and secondary source evidence, processing and organizing the resultant data, and composing proper citation and bibliographical entries.

3. Students will apply their critical thinking, research, and compositional skills to the creation and presentation of thesis driven essays that discuss, for example, historical social, economic, political, and/or cultural developments and that address issues such as the causes and consequences of historical change and continuity.

Course Goals:
1. Students will be able to develop a foundation for understanding and interpreting Appalachian

2. Students will be able to explore Appalachian history as a part of American history.

Assessment Measures

Knowledge and understanding of the material covered in this course will be measured using an array of assessment tools that may include, among other things, class attendance and participation, written examinations, formal writing assignments of various types, and informal writing assignments. All exercises are designed to expand the student's ability to evaluate historical events and to develop his or her ability to compose persuasive arguments.

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Review and Approval
October 2010 Reviewed and Approved by Sharon A. Roger Hepburn, Chair