The American Civil War still touches our lives today, yet many of us have only a surface knowledge of the conflict and what it might tell us about American institutions and governance. This online course will be a series of six instructor-led discussions of primary and secondary sources about aspects of the Civil War significant to American history or contemporary issues. Students would be expected to read materials for each class session, and a syllabus will be provided in advance. The course will emphasize civilian institutions, social issues, the development of the conflict, governance and strategy (rather than military history). By reading and discussing a shared body of knowledge, we can each reflect on what we learn and how it connects to our own experiences and America today. Class will not meet on 1/17, or 2/21/22.
Mark Andersen, Ph.D., CFA is a data scientist trained in political science, with particular interest in events around the beginning of the US Civil War. He led a Civil War book group in Lexington for five years.