The Rise of the Post-Civil War South

Four Mondays, Noon to 1:30 p.m. April 8 - 29 | Autry House, 6265 Main at MacGregor (Across Main Street from Rice University)

John Boles of the history department at Rice University will describe the South's rise from defeat, underdevelopment and poverty to industrial and agricultural leadership and political power. He will examine four crucial developments in the South between the Civil War and the 1970's: the effects of the Civil War and Reconstruction, the nadir of southern race relations at the end of the nineteenth century, the effects of World War II on the region and changes wrought by the civil rights movement. John Boles is the William P. Hobby Professor of American History at Rice University and the managing editor of The Journal of Southern History.



Registration for fall 2018 is ongoing. You may register online, by mail, or by phone with a credit card. 


If you are interested in traveling with the Houston Seminar to Natchez October 26-29, 2019 you may access the itinerary, trip cost, and registration documents here.

If you are interested in traveling to Virginia in the spring of 2019, please call the registrar at 713.666.9000 to place your name on a list. Please see Terms and Conditions for "travel list" policy. 


Please note a date in the Mid-term Elections course has changed from that published in the brochure. The course will meet the first two Mondays, October 29 and November 5 as planned, but will meet Tuesday, November 13 instead of Monday, November 12. 


Also note Art Underground: Carlos Cruz-Diez at the Cistern on Wednesday, November 14 is FULLY SUBSCRIBED. A second session has been added and will meet Monday, November 12 from 2:00-3:30 P.M. Registrations are being accepted for November 12. You may register online, or by phone.


Who Gets to Vote: Challenges for the 2020 Elections?
Speaker: Dale Ho, director of the American Civil Liberties Union Voter Rights Project
Monday, November 19, 6:30-8:00 P.M.
Location to be announced


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