Securing the American South: The Creek War and the War of 1812

Offered summer 2014, Securing the American South: The Creek War and the War of 1812 is an innovative course that expands the learning process by taking students beyond the traditional, lecture-style classroom and introducing them to history first-hand.

In recognition of the bicentennials of the Creek War, the War of 1812, and the First Seminole War, the course will highlight the larger cultural, social, economic, and political ramifications of Indian, African, European, and American interaction on the Southern frontier from the later 1600s to the mid-1800s.

Students will meet on campus during the first half of the course to discuss readings that will provide them a larger understanding of the import of the conflict and the various people involved.

During the second half of the course, students will visit seven prominent sites in Alabama, Louisiana, and Florida. Each site visit will include a guided tour from a leading scholar noted in their field and well published on subjects concerning the Southern frontier.

For more details about the course, see the Creek War & War of 1812 Syllabus. If you are interested in enrolling in this once-in-a-lifetime learning opportunity, please contact Dr. William S. Belko. 

Visiting Scholars

Dr. Gene Smith

Gene Allen Smith received his Ph.D. from Auburn University.  He is the author, co-author, or editor of eight books, including The Slave’s Gamble: Choosing Sides on the Early American Battlefield (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013).  Active in the Society for Historians of the Early American Republic (Treasurer) and the North American Society for Oceanic History (Vice-President), he is editor of the University Press of Florida book series "Contested Boundaries,” and co-editor of the United States Naval Institute Press series “New Perspective on Maritime History and Nautical Archaeology.” His research encompasses American naval/maritime history, Gulf territorial expansion, and the War of 1812, and he teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on early American history.

This summer, Dr. Smith will be one of the visiting scholars for Securing the American South. He will lead the site visit at Fort Barrancas and present his reflections on the several conflicts discussed in the course at the end of course reception.