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Major Historical Trends: The South after Reconstruction

Professor Neil Heyman

This quarter we will be reading Tracy Thompson's The New Mind of the South. It draws its title from the classic study The Mind of the South by W.J. Cash in 1941. Like that work, it examines the contemporary sociology of the American South.

After our previous study of the South prior to World War I, Thompson's book brings us up to date on the changes and permanent elements in the states of the former Confederacy. It has been described as an "able blend of reportage, travelogue, and memoir." Another critic found it a "well-written appraisal of a region that is more complicated than many readers realize." The book is available from Amazon in paperback and Kindle formats. Several copies are also available from the San Diego Public Library.

July 10 Chapters one and two

July 24 Chapters three and four

August 7 Chapters five and six

August 21 Chapters seven and eight

Instructor: Neil Heyman, Professor Emeritus of History at San Diego State University, has led a popular history seminar at Osher each quarter for many years. He earned his BA summa cum laude at Yale and his PhD at Stanford. He is a specialist in the twentieth-century history of Russia and Germany, World War I, and history through film.

Course Number: OSHR-70118   Credit: 0 units

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Dates Class Type Section ID Fee
07/10/2017 - 08/21/2017 In-class 125098 $0.00  

Day and Time: Monday, 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Location: Room 129, UCSD Extension Complex, 9600 N. Torrey Pines Rd., La Jolla