HIS 345L • AMER CIV WAR/RECONSTR, 1861-77
A lecture and discussion course on the American Civil War and its aftermath, emphasizing the political, military, economic, and diplomatic aspects of the conflict; the goals and strategies of the combatants, during and after the war; and the destruction of slavery and the postwar struggle over the future of the freed slaves and the defeated Confederacy.
Two midterm exams, counting 25% each; a cumulative final examination worth 50% of the course grade. Exams will be predominantly essay format.
About five or six paperback books will be assigned, including McPherson, Ordeal by Fire; Guelzo, Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation; Gallagher, The Confederate War; Shaara, The Killer Angels; and Tourgée, A Fool's Errand.