History of the Old South

Use the topic provided below to write a 5-7-page paper (typed, MLA, double-spaced, 12 pt). The paper will be graded based upon your ability to construct cogent historical arguments and support them using primary and secondary sources from the course. You may quote directly from the source material or simply refer to specific documents/authors, but be sure to cite your sources. You may use footnotes, endnotes, or parenthetical citations, just be consistent. A bibliography will not be necessary for the purposes of this paper. 


Both Rhys Isaac and Drew Faust use the lives and private thoughts of individual southern slaveholders (Landon Carter and James Henry Hammond) to reconstruct and illuminate the larger worlds in which they lived. Compare and/or contrast these worlds. What changed over time? What did not? While the Isaac and Faust books should frame your discussion, be sure to utilize other sources from the course to support your arguments.


Rhys Isaac, Landon Carter’s Uneasy Kingdom: Revolution and Rebellion on a Virginia Plantation 
Drew Faust, James Henry Hammond and the Old South: A Design for Mastery

Other sources: 

Sally McMillen et al, Major Problems in the History of the American South, Volume I: The Old South (3nd Edition) 
Peter Kolchin, American Slavery 1619-1877
Frederick Law Olmsted, The Cotton Kingdom (Modern Library or Da Capo Press) 
Paul Finkelman, Defending Slavery: Proslavery Thought in the Old South


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