The Reconstruction Period in United States history: 1865 - 1877

Course Dates: 13/06/21 - 18/07/21
Time: 11:00 - 12:30
Location: Online
In the aftermath of America’s bloodiest war, how did the nation and its leaders repair and rebuild its government, society and economy. The reforms and changes went far in some ways and not far enough in many others.
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
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Full fee £89.00 Senior fee £71.00 Concession £45.00

Course Code: HAH43

Sun, day, 13 Jun - 18 Jul '21

Duration: 6 sessions (over 6 weeks)

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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’. The period is one that witnessed far-reaching changes to American life (politically, socially and economically). 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.

This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
- Earphones/headphones/speakers.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.

What will we cover?

• Reunification of the Union in the aftermath of the American Civil 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` course and does not assume any previous study or reading although you will need a good grasp of English to keep up with the course. As with most of our history and current affairs courses, an open mind and a willingness to listen to and think about views with which you do not always agree are more important than specific levels of skills.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

The class will be delivered through a presentation, accompanied by PowerPoint slides. We will use a variety of maps, images, video and text throughout the session.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

No additional costs. A list of recommended resources will be provided to follow-on from the session, but this is optional.

Some optional background reading is listed below –
G.P. Downs and K. Masur (2017) The Era of Reconstruction. 1861 – 1900. National Park Service – U.S. Department of Interior, National Historic Landmarks Program – Access from:
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
I Wilkerson (2020) Caste. The Lies That Divide Us. London: Penguin Books Ltd.

** [Other specific readings will be introduced and made available during the course via the Google Classroom for the course.].

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

Check out our range of US history courses online.

Dale Mineshima-Lowe

Dale joined City Lit in 2010 and has taught a range of courses in the history and politics programmes. She also teaches in the Politics and Geography Departments at Birkbeck, University of London. She has a PhD in Politics from the University of Durham, and has taught at the Universities of Durham, Limerick, Bedfordshire, and has guest lectured at the University of Birmingham. She has a keen interest in American history/politics, European history/politics, democratic transitions & states, and global issues like the environment, migration and civic edudation. When not teaching, Dale is usually found buried in books (both textbooks and fiction!), baking, still making attempts to learn French, hiking, or squeeking away as a beginner - learning to play the violin.

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