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History (HIST)

HIST 130 (GH;US) Introduction to the Civil War Era, 1848 through 1877 (3) Survey of causes and consequences of American Civil War, end of Mexican War in 1848 through end of Reconstruction, 1877.

HIST 130 Introduction to the Civil War Era, 1848 through 1877 (3)
(GH; US)

BA - This course meets the Bachelor of Arts degree requirements.

HIST 130 is a general survey of the American Civil War Era that satisfies the Gen Ed GH requirement. Course content features the cause of the war, the conflict itself, and the consequences for the meaning of freedom in the United States. Chronologically, the course spans from 1848 through 1877, or from the Mexican War through Reconstruction. Students will become familiar with American slavery; northern and southern social, cultural, political, and economic composition; the military progress of the war; problems on the home front; the struggle for emancipation; and the creation of a new nation based on free labor. Lectures are supplemented with discussion days in which students react to readings. Grading stresses the use of analytical and writing skills, as well as the ability to think historically and analyze documents critically.

General Education: GH
Diversity: US
Bachelor of Arts: Humanities
Effective: Spring 2010

Note : Class size, frequency of offering, and evaluation methods will vary by location and instructor. For these details check the specific course syllabus.


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