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The course will consider the place of the Civil War in the growth and development of the United States from its colonial roots, through independence and constitution in the 18th century through the U.S. we know today in the 21st century. Emphasis will be placed on how historical interpretations of these events and the activities of the leaders involved have evolved in recent years. We will pay attention to:--The role black slavery played in the U.S. until 1860, the compromises made to avoid conflicts between states and regions, and the economic development of the north, the South, and the West, and how these factors influenced the outcome of the war.--The strategy, tactics and logistical doctrines used by both sides in the actual armed conflict, and how economics, demographics, leadership, and world events influenced the outcome.--The military and political turning points in the conflict. --The history of post-conflict efforts to restore and maintain unity: Reconstruction of the South, race relations, civil rights and racial equality. --The memories and legacies of the War, and their influence on the history of the U.S. since the end of the war. Sessions will include video lectures and presentations by leading Civil War scholars with class discussions and possible presentations on selected topics.
Instructor: Paul Waugaman
Paul Waugaman has been an OLLI member since 2013. He retired from a career in research management in the Federal Government, academia, and consulting. History has been an interest throughout his life. He has concentrated on the Civil War and the evolution of American government and politics. He has taught U.S. History part-time at the college level; and as a consultant, senior manager, and study leader, has developed and presented educational experiences in professional development for adults.
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