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HIST 2411 U.S. Civil War and Reconstruction (Spring: 3 )


Course Description

A hundred and fifty years ago, one part of the United States declared its independence as a separate nation. It almost succeeded. Why did Southern whites seek to secede and how did other Americans resist? What were the legacies of war, emancipation, and Reconstruction? We will investigate how agriculture, racial slavery, economics, environments, foreign relations, naval war, field tactics, and free and enslaved Americans shaped this wrenching upheaval. Through historical accounts, images, music, and discussion, we will explore the causes of the Civil War of 1861-1865, its military and social course, and its consequences for a bloodied and re-made Union.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Conevery Bolton Valencius

Prerequisites: None

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Last Updated: 14-Feb-17