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HIST 1510 American history to 1877

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    Dec 23, 2016
    | Would highly recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    Professor Kinsella is extremely passionate about American History and makes you think as a group and fosters discussions about ideas not just facts and events that happened in the past. He also repeatedly reinforces the idea that we must look at history through the lens of the time at hand, not through our present world.

    Course highlights:

    Looking at the events that led up to the civil war was very interesting. Most of us think that it was a war that was entirely about slavery. That just isn't the case; yes it was about slavery, but the war had just as much to do with regional pride, and states rights as it did slavery. If the south would not have seceded or came to an agreement with the Union earlier slavery most certainly would not have been abolished when it did.

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    3-5 hours

    Advice for students:

    Go into this course with an open mind, and show up for class. You will lose out on so much of the nuances that professor Kinsella brings to the table. His knowledge of the presidents is amazing, sharing short interesting facts that can't be provided in a text was one of my favorite parts of the course. Lastly do not hesitate to engage Professor Kinsella this is what he thrives on.

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