AMST 0358

Reading Slavery and Abolition

Reading, Slavery, and Abolition
In this course we will study both black and white writers' psychological responses to, and their verbal onslaughts on, the "peculiar institution" of chattel slavery. We will work chronologically and across genres to understand how and by whom the written word was deployed in pursuit of physical and mental freedom and racial and socioeconomic justice. As the course progresses, we will deepen our study of historical context drawing on the substantial resources of Middlebury's special collections, students will have the opportunity to engage in archival work if they wish. Authors will include Emerson, Douglass, Jacobs, Thoreau, Stowe, Walker, and Garrison. This course may also be counted as a general elective or REC elective for the ENAM major 3 hrs. sem. (Diversity)
American Studies
Program in American Studies
Requirements Fulfilled:
Equivalent Courses:
ENGL 0358
BLST 0358
ENAM 0358


Fall 2022

AMST0358A-F22 Seminar (Nash)

Fall 2021

AMST0358A-F21 Seminar (Nash)

Spring 2020

AMST0358A-S20 Seminar (Nash)

Fall 2017

AMST0358A-F17 Seminar (Nash)

Fall 2015

AMST0358A-F15 Seminar (Nash)

Fall 2014

AMST0358A-F14 Seminar (Nash)

Fall 2013

AMST0358A-F13 Seminar (Nash)