History | American Civil War
A300 | 3084 | Stowe


A portion of the above section reserved for majors
Above section open to undergraduates only

As a conflict that challenged the very existence of the United
States, the Civil War was not only the most shattering political and
military event in our nationís history, it also shaped the personal
lives of Americans everywhere.  The war was the turning point of an
entire era: the end of slavery; the beginnings of a new nationalism:
the advent of mass destruction; the redefinition of the very meaning
of U.S. history.  And it has remained alive in the imaginations of
many Americans since.

Beginning with a view of events underlying the conflict, this course
will cover the war as an event with far-reaching social and cultural
consequences for nationhood, citizenship, race relations, and
national/regional identity.  Lectures and readings will include
material on the battlefield experience, homefronts North and South,
and on the lives of ordinary Americans who experienced the war.

Readings and Evaluation:
There will be a mid-term and a final exam.  There will also be two
essays on assigned topics, stressing critical reading of Civil War
documents. Course reading includes a text on the war, as well as
three other books.