HIS 203 Civil War Era in American History: HI1

3 Credit Hours • 45 Contact Hours (Lecture)

Prerequisite: CCR 092

Explores the causes, course, and consequences of the American Civil War, from the Colonial period to the 21st Century, in order to understand the multiple meanings of a transforming event in American history. Students will explore the meanings of the war as defined in many ways: national, sectional, racial, gender, constitutional, individual, social, intellectual, or moral. Students will closely examine four broad themes: the crisis of union and disunion in an expanding republic; slavery, race, and emancipation as national problem, personal experience, and social process; the experience of modern, total war for individuals and society; and the political and social challenges of Reconstruction.