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The Civil War and Reconstruction

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Syllabus

1. Introductions: Why Does the Civil War Era Have a Hold on American Historical.
2. Southern Society: Slavery, King Cotton, and Antebellum America's "Peculiar" Region.
3. A Southern World View: The Old South and Proslavery Ideology.
4. A Northern World View: Yankee Society, Antislavery Ideology and the Abolition Movement.
5. Telling a Free Story: Fugitive Slaves and the Underground Railroad in Myth and Reality.
6. Expansion and Slavery: Legacies of the Mexican War and the Compromise of 1850.
7. "A Hell of a Storm": The Kansas-Nebraska Act and the Birth of the Republican Party, 1854-55.
8. Dred Scott, Bleeding Kansas, and the Impending Crisis of the Union, 1855-58.
9. John Brown's Holy War: Terrorist or Heroic Revolutionary?.
10. The Election of 1860 and the Secession Crisis.
11. Slavery and State Rights, Economies and Ways of Life: What Caused the Civil War?.
12. "And the War Came," 1861: The Sumter Crisis, Comparative Strategies.
13. Terrible Swift Sword: The Period of Confederate Ascendency, 1861-1862.
14. Never Call Retreat: Military and Political Turning Points in 1863.
15. Lincoln, Leadership, and Race: Emancipation as Policy.
16. Days of Jubilee: The Meanings of Emancipation and Total War.
17. Homefronts and Battlefronts: "Hard War" and the Social Impact of the Civil War.
18. "War So Terrible": Why the Union Won and the Confederacy Lost at Home and Abroad.
19. To Appomattox and Beyond: The End of the War and a Search for Meanings.
20. Wartime Reconstruction: Imagining the Aftermath and a Second American Republic.
21. Andrew Johnson and the Radicals: A Contest over the Meaning of Reconstruction.
22. Constitutional Crisis and Impeachment of a President.
23. Black Reconstruction in the South: The Freedpeople and the Economics of Land and Labor.
24. Retreat from Reconstruction: The Grant Era and Paths to "Southern Redemption".
25. The "End" of Reconstruction: Disputed Election of 1876, and the "Compromise of 1877".
26. Race and Reunion: The Civil War in American Memory.
27. Legacies of the Civil War.

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