The African-American Experience and the South: Themes in Race, Culture, Politics, and Identity

Frederick DouglassLed by: Larry McLemore, Ph.D., Auburn University and David C. Carter, Ph.D., Auburn University
Site: Spring Hill College in Mobile, AL
Dates: July 21-25, 2013
Residential (Lodging and meals provided.)


The institute will engage teachers in primary sources and literary works from figures such as Frederick Douglass, Carter Woodson, W. E. B. Du Bois, Richard Wright, Zora Neale Hurston, Martin Luther King, Jr., Alice Walker, and others.  Also, in addition to printed sources, we will explore the rich variety of musical and visual sources as well as films that can enliven understandings of southern black life.  By the end of the institute, teacher fellows will have been introduced to an array of ideas for teaching about the South and the African-American experience that will strengthen their courses in American history and literature.Teachers who participate in this institute will explore the experiences of African Americans in the South with an emphasis on themes of race, culture, politics, and identity that will offer ways to enrich the teaching of history and literature.  From the slavery period to Reconstruction and life in the Jim Crow South and after, this institute will focus on the roles blacks have played in the creation of their own history in a region and nation whose culture and history is interwoven with their own.  As we teach students the history and literature of America, we as teachers have opportunities to engage our students in thinking critically about the developments and issues that have shaped the region, state, and communities in which they live.  This institute will examine familiar topics in new ways as well as new topics in the literature and history of the South and African-American life.

Lodging and all meals will be provided.

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