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HST 277 – Civil War and Reconstruction Instructor: Dr. Andrew Dietzel E-mail: [email protected] and Office Hours: MW: 12pm-2:30pm Class Meeting Time: MW 2:50-4:20 in SAC 110 ***This syllabus is tentative and may be subject to change as needed over the semester. I will notify the class of any changes ASAP.*** Course Description – HST 277 – Examines sectional crisis, disunion and reunion from 1845-77. Topics include significance of Civil War era for industrialization; agriculture and urbanization; emancipation of slaves and race relations; development of the Presidency; constitutional issues; and modern warfare. (ESPI) Course Outcomes : By the end of the class, students should possess the following skills: 1. Comprehension/Identification: Identify the difference between and utility of primary and secondary sources in Civil War history. 2. Synthesis/Summary: Summarize a body of historical knowledge concerning diverse groups in Civil War history. 3. Evaluation/Describe: Describe the contributions to and effects of events in World history on a range of cultures, regional and human endeavors. 4. Comprehension/Explain: Explain how Civil War history narratives are interpretive accounts of the American past, subject to revision, refinement, and reconfiguration. 5. Synthesis/Writing: Understand the importance of writing for the field of Civil War history Required Texts : Allen C. Guelzo, Fateful Lightning: A New History of the Civil War and Reconstruction. IBSN: 9780199843282. Make sure this is the 2012 edition! You will also be required to read select articles and primary sources, as noted in the syllabus. These will be provided.

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