Civil War Studies

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Civil War Studies
Humanities Course
Course CodeCIVS
Years of Operation1993*-1997
Sites OfferedALX, SAN
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Course Description

From the CTY Course Catalog (1996):

This course covers topics ranging from the causes of the Civil War to the legacy of Reconstruction. Students evaluate significant issues and events prior to and following the war. They also study major battles as well as the personalities and accomplishments of significant military figures. In addition, they consider the roles of women in the Civil War, including those of Clara Barton and Dorthea Dix. Students work extensively with primary-source documents. Texts they may consider include The Gettysburg Address, the writings of Frederick Douglass, and excerpts from slave narratives and soldiers' diaries.

Weekly projects and discussions are an important element of the course. Discussions range from the circumstances that provoke societies to take up arms to the appropriateness of the punishments inflicted on the Confederates. Projects include reports, essays, debates, and presentations.