HIST204 - The American Civil War: Gender, Race and Nation

The Civil War was one of the most defining moments in US history. The secession of eleven southern states in 1860 and 1861, not only established an independent pro-slavery republic (the Confederate States of America), it unleashed one of the bloodiest and most revolutionary wars in modern history – one that abolished slavery and preserved the Union, but also redefined what it meant to be a citizen of it, the role of its government, and the identity of its people. Yet, few events are as popularly misunderstood as the Civil War. Fortunately, few have left a better cache of records for scholars seeking to understand it. This is a research seminar. The course introduces students to key contributions, developments and debates in the literature, and provides an opportunity to undertake independent research on any topic related to the history of the American Civil War. Pedagogically the course pursues a parallel process of reading in the relevant literature and guided research on a topic of the student’s choice. The course is designed to model the research and writing process professional historians use, beginning with a paper proposal and bibliography of primary and secondary sources. It proceeds through the various stages of the research process to produce drafts of the essay and finally the finished essay. All major written work is for peer review. The course fulfills the research requirement for the history major.
Day and Time: 
M 0530PM-0830PM


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    This is an LPS course. Registration may be limited to LPS students.