New Course in United States History
"Civil War Voices"
Gary W. Gallagher, Stephen B. Cushman
This course explores major themes relating to the American Civil War through the words of individuals who experienced it. Using wartime and postwar writings, fiction and nonfiction, as well as photography and film, students will focus on why the war came; how it evolved from a struggle for Union to one for Union and freedom; how the conflict affected civilians; why soldiers fought; and how participants on each side chose to remember the conflict. The “voices” in the course will include men and women, white and black, military and nonmilitary, and Union and Confederate. Among the writers the syllabus is likely to include are Abraham Lincoln, Ulysses S. Grant, Ambrose Bierce, Kate Stone, Robert Gould Shaw, Sam Watkins, Edward Porter Alexander, Phoebe Yates Pember, Robert Garlick Hill Kane, Walt Whitman, Louisa May Alcott, and African Americans engaged in the process of emancipation. The reading load is not light, and there will be 20 pages of required written work. Regular attendance and significant participation in class discussion are essential. Students must secure instructor’s permission to enroll.
Note: This course satisfies the second writing requirement.
Recent Ph.D.s Completed
HIUS 7653 / LAW 7061
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