Dr. Christopher Phillips

This is an undergraduate readings-based seminar on the Civil War era that pairs with the graduate-level seminar  HIST 6121.  This will immerse students in the events and interpretations of the American Civil War and its aftermath  one of the most turbulent periods in U.S. history. 

The course will allow students to consider historians’ interpretations of the political,  social,  cultural,  ideological,  military,  economic,  and constitutional issues that emerged during the war; the crucial question of emancipation and conceptions of freedom by both black and white Americans; federal efforts to reintegrate the Confederate states into the Union; and the southern white resistance to those efforts  including the development of postwar racism and the activities of the Ku Klux Klan. 

The course will allow students to evaluate historical interpretations of the period as well as to form educated historical opinions about the conflict and its outcome and will encourage analysis of the place of the Civil War and Reconstruction in the American experience.

This is a split-level Undergraduate/Graduate course cross-listed with HIST 6121.