Dr. Roberts Offers Civil War History Class this Summer

Apr 4, 2009

This Summer, Dr. Tim Roberts will offer History 415(G): the Civil War Era, from June 8 through July 2 2009 (STAR no. 43638). The 3-credit course will meet Mondays through Thursdays each week for four weeks, from 9:00-11:45 a.m.

Open to both undergraduate and graduate students, the course focuses on why America had a Civil War, and why the war began in 1861; why President Lincoln chose not to let the South secede; what the role of African-Americans was in the conflict; how the war had transnational or international aspects; how the war changed, and didn't change, America; and the war's legacy in American history and culture.

Classes will be a mixture of lecture and discussion, including some discussion of Civil War historiography and analysis of selected primary source documents, as well as use of the valuable website "The Valley of the Shadow: Two Communities in the American Civil War," maintained by the University of Virginia's Center for Digital History.

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