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The American Civil War and its Aftermath

$189 Limited inc GST / $¤,170
The American Civil War and its Aftermath

<p>Understanding modern America, including current policy issues and the strength of the far right, becomes a lot easier when you appreciate how the social and economic divisions which led to the

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Understanding modern America, including current policy issues and the strength of the far right, becomes a lot easier when you appreciate how the social and economic divisions which led to the American Civil War survive more than a century later. We look at some of the issues and events before the outbreak of the war, some of the major events of the war, and some of the political and economic repercussions. The war was one of the first to be recorded by the new technique of photography, and each session is accompanied by graphic images from Ken Burns' 150th anniversary collection.


COURSE OUTLINE

  • The prologue to war – divisions over States' rights and slavery.
  • The outbreak of war; the election of Abraham Lincoln and some of the early battles.
  • The turning points: Gettysburg and Lincoln’s re-election.
  • The bitter end: Lincoln’s assassination and the fall of the Confederacy.
  • The home front during the war; the disappointed hopes of Reconstruction.
  • Undecided issues: the politics of race in the postwar United States


PLANNED LEARNING OUTCOMES
By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Critically analyse issues of racism in the United States (and in Australia?)
  2. Discuss the reasons for the military collapse of the south, but the survival of southern hostilities.
  3. Appreciate the significance of the civil war in American history.
  4. Consider the possibility of civil conflict in Australia.