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Civil War and Reconstruction
CIV WAR & RECO
CLASS CODE: HIST 372 CREDITS:  3
DIVISION: LANGUAGE & LETTERS
DEPARTMENT: HISTORY, GEOGRAPHY, POLITICAL SCIENCE
GENERAL EDUCATION: This course does not fulfill a General Education requirement.

DESCRIPTION: Explores the origins of the American Civil War, examines the major campaigns, investigates reconstruction, and evaluates the legacy of this era.
TAUGHT: Fall 2004, Winter 2005, Summer 2005, Fall 2005
CONTENT AND TOPICS: Major events leading to civil war, major battles, emancipation, and reconstruction of the nation after the war.
GOALS AND OBJECTIVES: Know the important details about key social, economic, and political events at the national and local level that led to the Civil War.
Understand how the political moves made by the Confederacy and the Union failed to resolve the conflicts between the north and the south.
Recognize how the key battles of the Civil War influenced the strategy and tactics of the Confederacy and the Union.
Evaluate the role northern and southern politicians, military officers, and civilians played in fighting the Civil War.
Assess the economic, social, and political costs of the Civil War in terms of loss of property and lives and evaluate the long term consequences of the war.
Understand the impact of Reconstruction on the lives of blacks and whites in the north and the south.
Assess the short and long term impact of the various phases of Reconstruction on the lives of the American people.
Develop a critical philosophy for evaluating the value of books that have been written on the Civil War.
Be able to select twenty five of the best books that have been written on Civil War and Reconstruction.
REQUIREMENTS: Students will be required to read 1,000+ evaluated pages, write a 10 page paper, give an oral presentation using Power Point, and know the basic work of 25 significant scholars in the field.
PREREQUISITES: No prerequisites, but students are encouraged to have AmHer 170, Hist 201-202 and Hist 300. All students in 300 level courses will be expected to know how to research, write, and document a basic historical essay.
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EFFECTIVE DATE: August 2001