11110452 - Civilisation - histoire des idées

Niveau de diplôme
Volume horaire total 21
Volume horaire CM 21



Ce cours est pris dans le Master 1 LLCER – études anglophones, Faculté de Langues, Lyon 2, sur le site de la Manufacture. Il est donné entièrement en anglais.

Enseignant : Steven SARSON

Thème du cours : Liberty and Slavery in Colonial British America and The Early United States

Présentation du cours :
This course explores ideas and practices of liberty and slavery in colonial British America, the American Revolution, and the early United States, culminating with the abolition of the slave trade in Britain in 1807 and the US in 1808. Students will thus examine the origins of American ideas of liberty in medieval and early modern England and Britain, how those ideas were implemented (or not) in colonial America, the fight to retain American liberties during the American Revolution, and how ideas about liberty changed over time. The course will also examine the origins and development of enslavement in British America, how the enslaved coped by developing their own cultures and via resistance and rebellion, and how African Americans made (or did not make) the American Revolution work for them. Students will also examine the relationship between liberty and slavery. Did they co-exist in contradiction to one another? Or did ideas and practices of liberty shape the nature of slavery, and did ideas of race and practices of the slavery affect the nature of liberty?
The course will be helpful for students of the history of ideas, politics, society, culture, and law, as well for students of language because of a heavy emphasis on document reading.


Horaires : lundi, 14h-16h (à partir du 16 janvier 2023).


  • WARD, Lee. The Politics of Liberty in England and Revolutionary America. Cambridge, England: Cambridge University Press, 2004.
  • FONER, Eric. The Story of American Freedom. New York: W. W. Norton & Co., 1999.
  • WOOD, Betty. The Origins of American Slavery: Freedom and Bondage in the English Colonies. New York: Hill & Wang, 1998.
  • JORDAN, Winthrop D. White Over Black: American Attitudes Toward the Negro, 1550-1812. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1968; second revised edition, with BROWN, Christopher Leslie, 2010.
  • MORGAN, Edmund S. American Slavery, American Freedom: The Ordeal of Colonial Virginia. New York: W. W. Norton & Co., 1975, reissued 2003.
  • MACLEOD, Duncan J. Slavery, Race, and the American Revolution. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1974.
  • FREY, Sylvia R. Water from the Rock: Black Resistance in a Revolutionary Age. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1991.
  • DAVIS, David Brion. The Problem of Slavery in the Age of Revolution, 1770-1823. Oxford: Oxford University Press, second revised edition, 1999.
  • ONUF, Peter S. The Mind of Thomas Jefferson. Charlottesville: University Press of Virginia, 2007.
  • KENDI, Ibram X. Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America. New York: Nation Books, 2016.

Contrôles des connaissances

Terminal oral

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