History | American Civil War
A369 | 27789 | Stowe


A portion of the above class reserved for majors
Above class open to undergraduates and Education MAís only

As a conflict that challenged the very existence of the United
States, the Civil War was 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 and issues leading up to the
conflict, this course will not focus only on military matters.  It
will cover the war as an event with far-reaching social and cultural
consequences for nationhood, citizenship, race, and regional
identity.  Lectures and readings will include material on the
battlefield experience, home fronts 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 based mostly on the
lectures.  The course will involve a lot of reading. Reading
includes a textbook surveying the war, in-class readings, as well as
other, primary source readings. There will be two essays on assigned
topics, stressing critical reading of Civil War documents.