The course begins with an analysis of the causes of the Civil War with emphasis on sectional differences over slavery, economic policy, and nationalism. This is followed by an examination of the politics and then analysis of why the North ultimately won the armed struggle. The course concludes with the Era of Reconstruction, in which emphasis is placed on the politics of national unification and the development of post-emancipation race relations.
Triad: History/Political Science
Prerequisite: Freshmen are admitted only with the permission of instructor. For others, HIS 131 United States History I and/or a good high school background in American history are recommended.