Course explores the causes, course, & consequences of the American Civil War (1840s to 1877). The primary goal of the course is to understand the multiple meanings of a transforming event in American history.
This period, defined in many ways: national, social, intellectual, sectional, racial, constitutional, individual, or moral. Four broad themes are closely examined: the crisis of disunion & union in an expanding republic; slavery, race, & emancipation as national problem, personal experience, & social process; the experience of modern, total war for individuals & society; and the political & social challenges of Reconstruction.
Certificate: 3 Univ credit DSST