Seminar in Public History

Course: HIST 77510 – Seminar in Public History

Semester: Fall 2010

Instructor: Dr. Rebecca Conard

Course Description:  Seminar in Public History explores the professional field of Public History and examines the place of public history, within the discipline as a whole.  The course also provides a forum to discuss critical and enduring issues in the practice of public history.  By the end of the semester, students should be able to demonstrate the necessity for content knowledge in the practice of public history, demonstrate an understanding of the elements of reflective practice in the field, and demonstrate an understanding of the principles of reflective practice in a class, group, or individual project.

Required Readings:

  • Ash, Stephen V.  Middle Tennessee Society Transformed, 1860-1870:  War and Peace in the Upper South. 1988.  Rpt. University of Tennessee Press, 2006.
  • Brown, Thomas J., ed.  Reconstructions:  New Perspectives on Postbellum America.  Oxford:  Oxford University Press, 2006.
  • Cimbala, Paul A. The Freedmen’s Bureau: Reconstructing the American South after the Civil War. Krieger Publishing Co., 2005.
  • The Public Historian, vol 28, no.1 (Winter 2006), thematic issue on Public History as Reflective Practice.

Readings about Stones River Battlefield:

Additional Readings:
  • Faust, Drew Gilpin. “The Civil War Homefront.” In Rally on the High Ground: The National Park Service Symposium on the Civil War, ed. Robert K. Sutton [book on-line]. Washington, D.C.: National Park Service, 2001, accessed 13 October 2001; available at http://www.nps.gov/history/history/ online_books/rthg/index.htm; Internet.
  • Foner, Eric. “The Civil War and a New Birth of American Freedom.” In Rally on the High Ground: The National Park Service Symposium on the Civil War, ed. Robert K. Sutton [book on-line]. Washington, D.C.: National Park Service, 2001, accessed 13 October 2001; available at http://www.nps.gov/history/history/online_books/rthg/index.htm; Internet.
  • Granbery, Dorothy. “Black Community Leadership in a Rural Tennessee County, 1865-1903.” Journal of Negro History 83 (1998): 249-57.
  • Lodl, John. “Building Viable Black Communities: The Transition from Slavery to Freedom in Murfreesboro,  Tennessee, 1860-1880.” Master’s thesis, Middle Tennessee State University, 2004.
  • McKenzie, Robert Tracy. “Freedmen and the Soil in the Upper South: The Reorganization of Tennessee Agriculture, 1865-1880.” Journal of Southern History 59 (1993): 63-84.
  • Phillips, Paul David. A History of the Freedmen’s Bureau in Tennessee.  PhD diss., Vanderbilt University, 1964.
  • West, Stephen A. “A General Remodeling of Everything: Economy and Race in the Post-Emancipation South.” In Reconstructions: New Perspectives on Postbellum America, ed. Thomas J. Brown, 10-39. New York, Oxford University Press, 2006.
  • Willett, Ann Wilson.  “A History of Stones River National Military Park.” Master’s thesis, Middle Tennessee State University, 1958.
  • Winters, Donald L. “Postbellum Reorganization of Southern Agriculture: The Economics of Sharecropping in Tennessee.” Agricultural History 62 (1988): 1-19.
Project Sources:

Primary Sources

  • Curry, J.L.M. “Education of the Negroes since 1860” From Slavery to Freedom: The African-American Pamphlet Collection, 1824-1909, 1894. http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/aapchtml/aapchome.html (accessed November, 30, 2010)
  • The Nashville Banner, Fri. Jan. 7, 1966. “Fisk’s 100-Year Goal: ‘High View’ for Its Students.” Page 6.
  •  Tennessee State Library and Archives. Fisk University Scrapbook: School memories, William Henry Fort, Jr. (1911-1974). Tennessee Virtual Archives. http://teva.contentdm.oclc.org/cdm4/fisk.php (accessed November 18, 2010).
  •  Tennessee Virtual Archives. Reconstruction and the African-American Legacy in Tennessee.Tennessee Virtual Archives. http://teva.contentdm.oclc.org/cdm4/reconstruction_about.php (accessed November 18, 2010).

Secondary Sources

  •  Anderson, James D.  The Education of Blacks in the South, 1860-1935. Chapel Hill, NC: The University of North Carolina Press, 1988.
  •  Butchart, Ronald E. Northern Schools, Southern Blacks, and Reconstruction. London: Greenwood Press, 1980.
  •  Cimbala, Paul A. The Freedmen’s Bureau: Reconstructing the American South after the Civil War. Malabar, FL: Krieger Publishing Company, 2005.
  •  History of Fisk.  Fisk University, Nashville, Tennessee.  http://www.fisk.edu/AboutFisk/HistoryOfFisk.aspx.  Accessed on November 17, 2010.
  •  Granberry, Dorothy. “Black Community Leadership in a Rural Tennessee County, 1865-1903.” Journal of Negro History 83 (1998): 248-57.
  •  McDaniel, Dennis K., John Ogden, Abolitionist and Leader in Southern Education. Philadelphia, PA: The American Philosophical Society, 1997.
  •  Merriam, Lucius Salisbury. Higher Education in Tennessee. Washington D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1893.
  •  Phillips, Paul David. “A History of the Freedmen’s Bureau in Tennessee.” PhD diss., Vanderbilt University, 1964.
  •  Richardson, Joe M. A History of Fisk University, 1865-1946. University, Alabama: The University of Alabama Press, 1980.

For more information about projects completed in the class, please click the following links:

Digital Exhibit Process Paper

Digital History Project Website

Historiography Paper

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