History | The American Civil War
A369 | 11827 | Stowe
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 and issues underlying the conflict,
this course 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. There will also be two
essays on assigned topics, stressing critical reading of Civil War
documents. Course reading includes a textbook surveying the war, as
well as other, primary source readings.