What is the course about?
This course will cover the period immediately following the end of the American Civil War, known as the ‘Reconstruction Period’. It is a time of change - when attempts were made redress the inequalities of slavery, to reintegrate the eleven states that had seceded at the start of the War – the period is one that witnessed far-reaching changes to American life (politically, socially and economically).
What will we cover?
- Reunification of the Union in the aftermath of the American Civl War
- Social changes occurring and the impact on different sectors of society
- Political changes that will have far-reaching impact on America as a nation
The financial impact of the War on American industries and the economy – what happens to the economy of the Nation during this period of history.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Discuss and compare the impact the changes during this period have on different groups within America
- Compare different types of historical records
- Use data learned in class to engage with questions about how American’s expansion impacted the different groups within the nation.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This is an ‘introductory’ level course and does not assume any previous study or reading although you will need a good standard of English to keep up with the course. As with most of our history and current affairs courses. As with all of our history and politics courses, an open mind and a willingness to listen and to think about views with which you are not familiar or may not agree, are more important than any previous knowledge or experience in the subject matter.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
The course will consist of tutor presentations, some audio and video clips as appropriate, some in-class readings for discussion, as well as opportunities for questions and comments.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Paper and pen for any notes you would like to take.
Some optional background reading is listed below.
E Foner (1990) A Short History of Reconstruction. Harper Perennial.
J M McPherson and J Hogue (2000) Ordeal by Fire: The Civil War and Reconstruction. Third Edition. McGraw-Hill Humanities
[Other specific readings will be introduced and made available during the course via Google Classroom.].
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Other courses on European, American and Global History can be found on the college website: www.citylit.ac.uk.