HIST159 The American Civil War
Department of Social & Behavioral Science: History
- I. Course Number and Title
- HIST159 The American Civil War
- II. Number of Credits
- 3 credits
- III. Number of Instructional Minutes
- IV. Prerequisites
- V. Other Pertinent Information
- VI. Catalog Course Description
- This course examines the American Civil War, the conflict that defined the United States. Students study the time period stretching from the Compromise of 1850 to the Presidential election of 1876, as well as the various reasons for the war, the combat, the eventual outcome, and the Reconstruction Period.
- VII. Required Course Content and Direction
Course Learning Goals
- identify the major reasons for the outbreak of the American Civil War;
- differentiate between the societies, cultures, and economies of the Northern and Southern United States;
- recount the course, campaigns and major battles of the Civil War;
- evaluate the American Civil War and its effects on the international community;
- evaluate the reasons behind the North's victory over the South; and
- evaluate the effectiveness of the Reconstruction Period.
Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities
- the Compromise of 1850: why necessary, details, how passed, and results
- slavery as an issue in: economics, Southern strategy, the transcontinental railroad, the Kansas-Nebraska bill, expansion of the United States, in the social fabric of the land, and as a cause of the war
- Kansas as a microcosm of the war
- John Brown
- the Dred Scott Decision
- the Lincoln-Douglas Debates
- the presidential elections of 1856 and 1860
- Lincoln's dilemma: Washington D.C. is in the South
- King Cotton
- conflict begins, and Lincoln's response
- first battles
- How did the South expect to win? What went wrong?
- Why does the North not win an immediate victory?
- War in the East -- War in the West
- the Lincoln administration
- troubles with England. Alabama affair
- France in Mexico
- the Emancipation Proclamation: war cannot end in Union victory without freedom for the slaves
- some important battles: Antietam, Chancellorsville, Shiloh, Vicksburg, Gettysburg, the Wilderness Campaign
- beginning of the end: Sherman's March and Petersburg
- Southern politics, economics, and military affairs
- election of 1864
- Lee's surrender
- Lincoln's assassination
- Andrew Johnson and reconstruction
- Johnson's impeachment
- congressional reconstruction
- reconstruction: how did it fail the ex-slaves?
- Amendments 13 and 14
- the Grant Administration: corruption
- the disputed election of 1876
- the end of reconstruction
Assessment Methods for Course Learning GoalsStudent assessment consists of in-class exams, electronically administered exams, essays, written assignments, multi-media projects, and/or participation in classroom/online discussions.
Reference, Resource, or Learning Materials to be used by Student:See course syllabus.
Review/Approval Date - 5/05; Core Goals/Objectives added 5/05; Revised 5/2012; New Core 8/2015