HIST 4474: History of Georgia
University of West Georgia
Fall Semester 2011

Contact Information
Dr. Keith S. Hebert
Office: TLC 3254
Office Hours: Monday 8:30-9:30; Tuesday and Thursday 10:30-Noon

Course Description and Objectives
This course examines the history of Georgia from its earliest inhabitants through the end of the 20th century. Students will read, analyze, and discuss primary and secondary sources related to Georgia history. Special attention will be paid to themes such as race, class, and gender.  The course will be organized into thematic units. 

Students with Disabilities
Students with documented disabilities that might impact their performance in the course should consult the course professor as soon as possible. If necessary, the course professor will provide accommodations to students who provide the required university documentation.

Academic Honesty Policy
All work completed by students in this course will be original. Students who commit acts of academic dishonesty will receive a failing grade for the course and will be reported to the university academic affairs office. It is a student’s responsibility to understand what constitutes academic dishonesty. Generally speaking, academic dishonesty is claiming that the work of someone else is yours or handing in work completed for a previous course as part of this course’s graded assessments.

Required Textbooks
Scott, Cornerstones of Georgia History
Ruppersburg, Georgia Voices (Nonfiction)
Kruse, White Flight
Perdue, The Cherokee Nation and the Trail of Tears
Arnold, What Virtue There Is In Fire

59.9 and Below–F

Exam One–25 percent [SEPT 20]
Exam Two–25 percent [OCT 25]
Final Exam–25 percent [DEC 8]
Research Paper–25 percent total (breakdown below)

Paper Proposal 5 percent [DUE SEPT 15]

Primary and Secondary Source Bibliography 5 percent [OCT 13]

Final Paper 15 percent [NOV 17]

Course Schedule

Unit One: The Rise and Fall of Native Americans in Georgia

  1. August 23–Pre-Columbian
    1. Assigned Readings:
      1. Georgia Voices, 7-10
      2. Georgia Department of Transportation, Leake Site
      3. New Georgia Encyclopedia, Mississippian Period-Overview
      4. New Georgia Encyclopedia, Etowah Mounds
      5. Ocmulgee Mounds
  2. August 25–European Contact
    1. Assigned Readings
      1. Scott, Cornerstones, Chapter One.
      2. Perdue, Chapter One.
      3. NGE, De Soto in Georgia
      4. NGE, Spanish Exploration
      5. NGE, Spanish Missions
  3. August 30–Creeks and Cherokees Transformed
    1. Assigned Readings
      1. Perdue, Chapters 2-3
      2. Scott, Chapter 2
      3. NGE, Deerskin Trade
      4. NGE, Benjamin Hawkins
      5. NGE, Indian Missions
  4. September 1–Removal and Resistance
    1. Assigned Readings
      1. Perdue, Chapters 4-6 
      2. John Marshall, Cherokee Nation v. Georgia

Unit Two: The Rise and Fall of Slavery in Georgia

  1. September 6–Colonial Slavery Debated
    1. Scott, Chapter 3
    2. NGE, Slavery in Colonial Georgia
  2. September 8–American Revolution
    1. NGE, Slavery in Revolutionary Georgia
    2. Scott, Chapter



Unit Three: The Rise and Fall of Jim Crow in Georgia

  1. September 22–Antebellum Period Evolution
    1. NGE, Slavery in Antebellum
    2. NGE, Slave Women
    3. Scott, Chapter 6
    4. Georgia Voices, 69-84; 108-114; 115-120
  2. September 27–Civil War and Emancipation
    1. NGE, Black Troops in Civil War Georgia
    2. NGE, Emancipation
    3. Scott, Chapter 9
    4. Georgia Voices, 175-204.
  3. October 4–Reconstruction
    1. Scott, Chapter 9.
    2. Georgia Voices, 175-204.
  4. October 6–Lynching
    1. Scott, Chapter 12.
    2. Arnold, What Virtue there is in Fire (Need to read all of this book by the next exam.)
  5. October 11–Civil Rights Movement
    1. Scott, Chapter 16.
    2. Kruse, Chapters 1-3.
  6. October 13–Civil Rights Movement
    1. Kruse, Chapters 4-6
  7. October 18–Post-Civil Rights Movement
    1. Kruse, Chapters 7-8

Unit Four: The Rise and Fall of the One Party South in Georgia

  1. October 20–Antebellum Politics
    1. Scott, Chapter 7.
    2. Georgia Secession Ordinance
    3. Stephens, Cornerstone Speech
    4. NGE, Georgia Platform
    5. NGE, Secession
  2. October 23–Bourbon Democracy
    1. Scott, Chapter 11.
  3. October 25–Massive Resistance
  4. October 30–The Republican Party



(This section will be updated following exam two.)

Unit Five: The Continuity of King Cotton in Georgia

  1. October 27–King Cotton in Born
    1. NGE, Agriculture
    2. NGE, Cotton
    3. NGE, Antebellum Tenancy
  2. November 1–Tenancy, Sharecropping, and the Boll Weevil
    1. Scott, Chapter 14.
    2. NGE, Boll Weevil
  3. November 3–Textile Mills
    1. NGE, Textile Industry
  4. November 8–Post-World War II Economy
    1. Scott, Chapter 15.

Unit Six: Culture

  1. November 10–Literature
    1. Longstreet, “The Fight”
    2. Harris, “The Wonderful Tar Baby Story”
    3. Caldwell, “The Night My Old Man Came Home”
    4. O’connor, “The Artificial Nigger
  2. November 15–Literature
    1. Dickey, “Deliverance”
    2. Walker “To Hell With Dying”
    3. Sams, “Fubar”

Unit Seven: The Civil War

  1. November 17
  2. November 29
  3. December 1

FINAL EXAM: December 8 (8-10)