HIST 456
Civil War and Reconstruction Spring 2022
Division II
Cross-listed HIST 456 / AFR 385 / AMST 456
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An examination of one of the most turbulent periods in American history, with special emphasis on the changing status of Afro-Americans during the era. The seminar begins with the build up of sectional antagonism culminating in the secession of the lower South in 1860-61 and the outbreak of civil war. During the war years, we shall study both the war itself and homefront conditions: military, naval, political, economic, and especially social aspects will be examined in some detail. Our study of Reconstruction will concentrate on the evolution of federal policy toward the Southern states and the workings out of that policy in the South, particularly as it relates to the freedmen.
The Class: Format: seminar; This seminar will be a discussion course. This era was the formative period for many of the issues we face as a society today, and the roots of these present-day problems must be discussed openly and thoroughly by all members of the seminar.
Limit: 12
Expected: 12
Class#: 3669
Grading: no pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: class participation, two short essays during the semester, and a substantial research paper based at least in part on primary source materials due at the completion of the seminar.
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preferences: Preference given to History majors needing a 400-level course to complete their major requirements.
Distributions: Division II
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
HIST 456 Division II AFR 385 Division II AMST 456 Division II
Attributes: AMST Comp Studies in Race, Ethnicity, Diaspora
HIST Group F Electives - U.S. + Canada
JLST Interdepartmental Electives

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