The American South: Its Stories, Music, and Art

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About this course: From small farms to urban neighborhoods, from the region itself to the more distant worlds of the southern diaspora, we discover the stories, music, and art of the American South.

Created by:  The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Taught by:  Dr. William Ferris, Joel R. Williamson Eminent Professor of History; Senior Associate Director of CSAS; Adjunct Professor in the Curriculum in Folklore

    Department of History
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About this course: From small farms to urban neighborhoods, from the region itself to the more distant worlds of the southern diaspora, we discover the stories, music, and art of the American South.

Created by:  The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Taught by:  Dr. William Ferris, Joel R. Williamson Eminent Professor of History; Senior Associate Director of CSAS; Adjunct Professor in the Curriculum in Folklore

    Department of History
Commitment 6 hours of videos and quizzes Language English How To Pass Pass all graded assignments to complete the course. User Ratings 4.4 stars Average User Rating 4.4See what learners said Coursework

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Syllabus


WEEK 1


Introduction to the American South
Reflecting on geography, the diaspora, the mythic and the global South as ways to approach the contested memory of the region.


6 videos expand


  1. Video: Welcome to the American South
  2. Video: The Region, the Diaspora, and the Mythic
  3. Video: Contested Memory and the Global South
  4. Video: Race, Class and Gender
  5. Video: My Story
  6. Video: Teachers

Graded: Introduction to the American South

WEEK 2


Oral Tradition
Considering the content and form of the stories, toasts, dozens, auctions and religious sermons and what they reveal about Southern Culture.


8 videos expand


  1. Video: A Story Well Told
  2. Video: Poppa Jazz talks Heaven and Hell
  3. Video: Toasts and Dozens
  4. Video: The Auctioneer
  5. Video: Trading
  6. Video: The Sermon
  7. Video: Of the Book and of the Spirit
  8. Video: The Key to Southern Culture

Graded: Oral Tradition

WEEK 3


Southern Artists
Understanding the distinction between folk art traditions and the high art of the academy with examples of basket-weaving, quilt-making, sculpture, painting, and photography.


11 videos expand


  1. Video: Formal and Folk Art
  2. Video: Basket Weaving
  3. Video: Quilting
  4. Video: Folk Sculpture
  5. Video: Folk Painting
  6. Video: Community Tradition
  7. Video: Black and White Photography
  8. Video: Color Photography
  9. Video: Sense of Place
  10. Video: Sense of History
  11. Video: Literature's Influence

Graded: Southern Artists

WEEK 4


Southern Writers
Examining the lives and works of great Southern writers and looking at how specific stories, music, and art are referenced and provide structure for literary forms such as the novel and the short story.


7 videos expand


  1. Video: Southern Letters
  2. Video: The Voice
  3. Video: The Short Story
  4. Video: Eudora Welty and Cleanth Brooks: Literary Friends
  5. Video: Southern Novelists
  6. Video: Alice Walker: Regions of the Heart
  7. Video: The Question of Black Humanity

Graded: Southern Writers

WEEK 5


Roots Music
Exploring Southern music and its roots in work chants, fife and drum, and one-strand on the wall music.


8 videos expand


  1. Video: One-Strand on the Wall
  2. Video: Country Roots
  3. Video: Fife and Drum
  4. Video: Sacred Harp
  5. Video: Spirituals
  6. Video: "Our Father"
  7. Video: Gospel
  8. Video: Work Chants

Graded: Roots Music

WEEK 6


The Blues
Focusing on this distinctive form of music, so intimately defined by sense of place, class, race, and tradition.


8 videos, 1 reading expand


  1. Video: The Heart of Oral Tradition
  2. Video: Country Blues
  3. Video: Urban Blues
  4. Video: Saturday Night, Sunday Morning
  5. Video: Where Do the Blues Come From?
  6. Video: The Club Circuit
  7. Video: Professor of the Blues
  8. Video: The Family
  9. Reading: Additional Resources

Graded: Blues
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