U.S. Civil War & Reconstruction
Examines the causes, character, and consequences of two great American tragedies: the Civil War and Reconstruction, from the mid-nineteenth century to 1877. Students who successfully complete this course will demonstrate knowledge about the failure of antebellum political mechanisms, the growth of sectionalism, justifications for and against secession, and the methods and implications of war. Students will also gain a deeper understanding of the different constitutional systems underpinning the conflict, efforts to eradicate Southern separatism, and the promises, failures, and continuing legacy of the Reconstruction Era. Offered alternate interterms.