Spring 2012 - Undergraduate Course Descriptions
Description of Course:
This course will survey the causes events that led to the Civil War, including slavery, the growth of sectionalism in the United States, the nature of the anti-slavery movement, and the inability of political institutions in the United States to facilitate any peaceful settlement to the impending crisis of the late 1850’s and early 1860’s. The course will focus upon social, economic, and political factors during this period, but also will examine the impact that individual political leaders and their personal beliefs and characteristics had upon these events.
Hist. 2330 also will examine the Civil War Years (1861-1865), and will focus upon the military strategies and military leadership of both the North and the South. While not an intensive course in military history, Hist. 2332 will discuss military campaigns and battles and weapons that shaped the outcome of the military contest and served as turning points during the war.
This course also will survey the post-war period and investigate how the various interest groups in the U.S. attempted to reshape American society in the years following the conflict. Discussions in class will focus on efforts by the North to force the South to conform to northern political and economic patterns and how the South resisted such changes. Integral to such contests was the uncertain role of African-American people in the South during the period, which also will be analyzed during the course of the semester. Finally, History 2330 will examine why the period or Reconstruction ended and how the U.S. turned from its focus on reform to a” business as usual” perspective after 1876.
William Gienapp, THE CIVIL WAR AND RECON: A DOCUMENTARY COLLECTION
Michael Perlman, MAJOR PROBLEMS IN CIVIL WAR AND RECONCONSTRUCTION
Aaron Sheehan-Dean, CONCISE HISTORICAL ATLAS OF CIVIL WAR
Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:
Hist. 2330 will utilize a mixed format of lectures, discussions, and films. Students will be required to complete assigned readings, participate in classroom discussions, and complete two hour examinations and a final examination.
1ST HR EXAM – 30%
2ND HR EXAM – 30%
3rd HR EXAM – 30%
CLASS DISCUSSION – 10%