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Spring 2016-2017
* HIS 376 (HA)   Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit

The American Civil War and Reconstruction

Matthew J. Karp

Why did the flourishing United States, by some measures the richest and most democratic nation of its era, fight the bloodiest civil war in the 19th century Western world? How did that war escalate into a revolutionary political struggle that transformed the nation--and then, almost as rapidly, give way to a reactionary backlash? This course will explore the causes, course, and consequences of the U.S. Civil War and Reconstruction, keeping in mind the ways that America's greatest conflict also represented a major event in the history of the global 19th century, and a landmark moment in the making of the modern world.

Sample reading list:
Solomon Northup, Twelve Years A Slave
Steven Hahn, The Political Worlds of Slavery and Freedom
Adam Goodheart, 1861
Mary Chestnut, Diary

Reading/Writing assignments:
100-150 pages of reading per week. Course readings will include speeches, letters, memoirs, and newspaper articles from the Civil War era, as well as historical essays and fictional accounts of the period.

Requirements/Grading:
Other Exam - 30%
Papers - 45%
Class/Precept Participation - 25%

Prerequisites and Restrictions:
PDF option is not available to History concentrators..

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
42049 L01 02:30:00 pm - 03:20:00 pm M W   McCosh Hall   66   Enrolled:37 Limit:50
42050 P01 03:30:00 pm - 04:20:00 pm W   Dickinson Hall   210   Enrolled:14 Limit:13 Closed
44392 P01A 03:30:00 pm - 04:20:00 pm W   Chancellor Green   103   Enrolled:12 Limit:13
42051 P02 02:30:00 pm - 03:20:00 pm Th   East Pyne Building   235   Enrolled:11 Limit:13
43311 P03 03:30:00 pm - 04:20:00 pm Th        Enrolled:0 Limit:0 Canceled
43312 P99 TBA        Enrolled:0 Limit:0 Canceled