May 08, 2021  
2020-2021 Academic Catalog 
    
2020-2021 Academic Catalog

HIST 372: The Civil War and Reconstruction


(1 Unit)
Prerequisites: At least sophomore standing and one prior history course.
This course will explore the causes, course, and consequences of the American Civil War, from the 1840s to 1877. The primary goal of the course is to understand the multiple meanings of a transforming event in American history. Those meanings may be defined in many ways: national, sectional, racial, constitutional, individual, social, intellectual, or moral.  We will especially examine three broad themes: the crisis of union and disunion in an expanding republic; slavery, race, and emancipation as national problem, personal experience, and social process; and the political and social challenges of Reconstruction. The course attempts to understand the interrelationships between regional, national, and African-American history. Sacks