HIST231 - SLAVERY & THE CIVIL WAR

Description: 
The United States Civil War was one of the most influential conflicts in modern history. It transformed the nation, and it brought about the end of one of the largest systems of human chattel slavery. This course examines the history of U.S. Civil War from the perspective of those who experienced it. We will begin by examining American slavery, studying how the practice and institution shaped U.S. politics and the world economy. We will end with the way the war is remembered and imagined in the present day. Whenever possible, we will look beyond the borders of the United States to understand the Civil War in global perspective. Most of all, we will try to understand the conflict from the perspective of those who lived it. The course is designed to allow students to explore these topics through first-hand readings of original sources. Each seminar includes a selection of relevant sources as well as a background reading from a leading historian on the topic. Some classes are devoted entirely to the hands-on examination of primary sources, including letters, speeches, images, and broadsides. By the end of the course, students will learn how to read, think, and write like a historian.
Instructors: 

MCGRATH, AUTUMN

Day and Time: 
W 0200PM-0500PM
Room: 

DAVID RITTENHOUSE LAB 2N36

Activity: 
SEM
Cross Listings: 
  • AFRC229402
Syllabus: 
Registration Notes: 
CULTURAL DIVERSITY IN US