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History 306: The American Civil War Era

Location: 

Various; distance learning format.

Length: 

32 hours (16 weeks). 

Dates: 

December 2012 - Present. 

Instructional delivery format: 
Online/distance learning
Learner Outcomes: 

Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to:dissect the early history of slavery in the United States in the contexts of economics, politics, trade, and the Constitution; understand the impact of the Abolitionist movement on the culture of pre-Civil War America; summarize the territorial and demographic issues that impacted the U.S. before the Civil War; compare and contrast the works of influential authors during the Civil War; diagram the succession of the Southern states and the formation of the Confederacy; express how politics, economics, African Americans, and women affected Civil War America; analyze and report on the major battles from 1861-1865; consider the roles of important generals and presidents and their impact on the Civil War; evaluate foreign affairs and military strategies during the Civil War; and measure the lasting impact of the Civil War on Americans during and after the Reconstruction.

Instruction: 

Major topics include: slavery in the United States; the Abolitionist Movement in America; the Pre-Civil War Sectional Crisis in the U.S.; influential American Civil War writers; rising tensions in Pre-Civil War America; Southern Secession from the Union; politics, industry, and economy in Civil War America; American Civil War Battles in 1861; American Civil War Battles in 1862; American Civil War Battles in 1863; American Civil War Battles in 1864; American Civil War Battles in 1865; important figures in the American Civil War; military strategies in the American Civil War; life following the American Civil War; and reconstruction after the American Civil War.

Credit recommendation: 

In the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 3 semester hours in History (12/16).

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