Securing the American South
Last summer Dr. William Belko offered an innovative course called Securing the American South: The Creek War and the War of 1812. In recognition of the bicentennials of the Creek War, the War of 1812, and the First Seminole War, the course highlighted 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 met on campus during the first half of the course and ventured beyond the classroom during the second half in order to visit seven prominent sites in Alabama, Louisiana, and Florida. Each site visit included a guided tour from a leading scholar noted in their field and well published on subjects concerning the Southern frontier.