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"Fellow Citizens, we cannot escape history"-A. Lincoln

Dr. Mark Mraz

email: markmraz@penn.com

History 1321 Civil War and Reconstruction

Summer 2000

Course Description:

This course covers all aspects of the Civil War Era which enrich our heritage from the past. Beginning in the Antebellum Period the course of study includes America's domestic, foreign, political and military posture from the Nullification Crisis through Reconstruction. Particular attention will be given to the role of Blacks, Women and local Pennsylvanians in the conflict. Major personalities such as Lincoln, Davis, Ruffin, Lee, Grant, Chestnut, the Grimke Sisters and Stonewall Jackson will also be studied.

Course Objectives:

Participants will be able to:

1. Discuss the causes, course and outcome of the American Civil War.

2. Research key figures on the American scene during the Civil War Era.

3. Develop historical thinking skills through the reading and analysis of primary source materials of the period.

4. Understand the historic laws of causation and unintended consequences in relation to the civil war era.

5. Evaluate the generalship of the major officers on both sides.

6. Consider how geography influences history.

 

 

Required Texts:

James L. Stokesbury. A Short History of The Civil War (New York: Quill-William Morrow, 1995)

Stephen B. Oates. Abraham Lincoln; The Man Behind the Myths (New York: Harperennial Library, 1994)

Michael Shaara. The Killer Angels (New York: Ballentine Books, 1993)

Evaluation Policy:

1. Three (3) noncomprehensive exams

2. Class discussion and attendance

3. Book Critique on Oates or Shaara Book

4. Fifteen (15) minute oral report on a civil war topic of interest to you

Grading Expectations:

1. Exam I 20% of grade

2. Exam II 20% of grade

3. Exam III 20% of grade

4. Class discussion 10% of grade

6. Book Critique 20 % of grade

7. Oral Report 10 % of grade

Grading Scale

A+ 98% to 100%

A 92% to 97%

A- 90% to 91%

B+ 88% to 89%

B 82% to 87%

B- 80% to 81%

C+ 78% to 79%

C 72% to 77%

C- 70% to 71%

D+ 68% to 69%

D 62% to 67%

D- 60% to 61%

F Below 59%

 

 

 

 

 

Course Outline

Date-----------------------------------Topic----------------------------------Assignment--------

5/18 (5/18) Introduction to Course

Seeds of Secession Ch. 1

5/25 (5/25) The Cause Ch. 2 & 3

6/01 (5/30)* War Fever Ch. 3 & 4

6/08 (6/01) Southern Setbacks Ch. 5, 6, 7, 8 & 9

6/15 (6/08) Exam I/ Oates Book Discussion Oates Book

6/22 (6/15) Death Struggle Ch. 10

6/29 (6/20)* Gettysburg and Vicksburg Ch. 11 & 12

7/06 (6/22) The Northern Vise Tightens Ch 13, 14, & 15

7/13 (6/29) Total War Ch 16, 17, & 18

7/20 (7/06) Exam II/ Shaara Book Discussion Shaara Book

7/27 (7/13) Road to Appomattox Ch 19, 20, 21 & 22

Book Critique Due

8/03 (7/18)* Reconstruction & Legacies None

8/10 (7/20) Reports & Take Home Exam III

8/16 (8/03) Reports & Wrap up Take Home Exam Due