Frederick Douglass
Nathan Bedford Forrest
John C. Frémont
Steven A. Douglas
Henry Clay
Martin Van Buren
James K. Polk
Zachary Taylor
Daniel Webster
Franklin Pierce
Millard Fillmore
Rutherford B. Hayes
William Lloyd Garrison
Clara Barton
Abraham Lincoln
Jefferson Davis
History 312: Civil War and Reconstruction

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COURSE SCHEDULE

Schedule: The following tentative schedule should be used as a guide for the completion of assignments and readings. Assigned readings should be completed by the class date listed below.


INTRODUCTION

Jan. 17
Introduction to the Course


THE DEVELOPMENT OF SECTIONALISM
1607-1844

Jan. 19
Origins of Sectionalism to the Nullification Crisis of 1832-33

  • McPherson, Ordeal By Fire, 1-25

Jan. 21
Slavery and the Development of Proslavery Ideology, 1820s-1830s

  • McPherson, Ordeal By Fire, 26-41, 49-55

Jan. 24
The Emergence of Northern Sectionalism, l830s-1840s; The Religious Denominational Schisms of the 1830s-40s

  • McPherson, Ordeal By Fire, 42-49, 55-56
  • Last Day to Choose Subject of Web Site


SLAVERY, SECTIONALISM, AND THE TERRITORIAL ISSUE
1844-53

Jan. 26
Texas, Oregon, and the Presidential Election of 1844

  • McPherson, Ordeal By Fire, 57-59

Jan. 28
Slavery, the Mexican War, and the Territorial Issue, 1846-48

  • McPherson, Ordeal By Fire, 59-65

Jan. 31
The Election of 1848 and the California Crisis of 1849-50

  • McPherson, Ordeal By Fire, 65-68

Feb. 2
The Compromise of 1850

  • McPherson, Ordeal By Fire, 68-72

Feb. 4
Sectional Reactions to the Compromise, 1850-53; the Election of 1852

  • McPherson, Ordeal By Fire, 72-86

THE ROAD TO CIVIL WAR
1854-61

Feb. 7
The Kansas-Nebraska Act of 1854

  • McPherson, Ordeal By Fire, 90-93

Feb. 9
The Political Realignment of 1854-56

  • McPherson, Ordeal By Fire, 86-89, 93-95

Feb. 11
Bleeding Kansas; the Crime Against Sumner; the Election of 1856

  • McPherson, Ordeal By Fire, 95-101

Feb. 14
The Dred Scott Case and the Lecompton Issue, l857-58

  • McPherson, Ordeal By Fire, 102-116

Feb. 16
Religion and Secessionism

  • Snay, Gospel of Disunion, all pages

Feb. 18
John Brown's Raid and the Election of 1860

  • McPherson, Ordeal By Fire, 117-130

Feb. 21
Exam 1

Feb. 23
The Secession of the Lower South and the Formation of the Confederacy

  • McPherson, Ordeal By Fire, 131-136, 141-142, 613-615

Feb. 25
Efforts to Preserve the Union through Sectional Compromise

  • McPherson, Ordeal By Fire, 137-144

THE CIVIL WAR
1861-65

Feb. 28
Ft. Sumter and the Beginning of the War; Secession and the Upper South

  • McPherson, Ordeal By Fire, 144-166, 625-626

Mar. 1
The Military Balance Sheet: War Aims of the Union and Confederacy

  • McPherson, Ordeal By Fire, 186-187, 260-264, 615-625

Mar. 3
The Military Balance Sheet: Economic, Fiscal, and Manpower Resources

  • McPherson, Ordeal By Fire, 183-186, 200-207

Mar. 6
The Military Balance Sheet: Military Leadership, Strategy, and Weaponry

  • McPherson, Ordeal By Fire, 167-182, 186-201

Mar. 8
The Military Balance Sheet: Political Leadership

  • McPherson, Ordeal By Fire, 260-264, 360-367

Mar. 10
Psychoanalyzing Abraham Lincoln

  • Burlingame, The Inner World of Abraham Lincoln, all pages

Mar. 13
No Class-Spring Break

Mar. 15
No Class-Spring Break

Mar. 17
No Class-Spring Break

Mar. 20
Military Campaigns and Battles: First Bull Run to Second Bull Run (Apr. 1861-Aug. 1862)

  • McPherson, Ordeal By Fire, 208-278

Mar. 22
Military Campaigns and Battles: Antietam to Chancellorsville (Sep. 1862-May 1863)

  • McPherson, Ordeal By Fire, 279-321

Mar. 24
Military Campaigns and Battles: Gettysburg to Chattanooga (June 1863-Nov. 1863)

  • McPherson, Ordeal By Fire, 322-409

Mar. 27
Military Campaigns and Battles: Chattanooga to Atlanta (Nov. 1863-Sep. 1864)

  • McPherson, Ordeal By Fire, 410-458

Mar. 29
Military Campaigns and Battles: Atlanta to Appomattox (Sep. 1864-Apr. 1865)

  • McPherson, Ordeal By Fire, 459-488

Mar. 31
Exam 2

Apr. 3
The War as Revolution: Centralization of Government, Suppression of Civil Liberties, Modernization of Society

  • McPherson, Ordeal By Fire, 292-294, 368-392

Apr. 5
The War as Revolution: Centralization of Government, Suppression of Civil Liberties, Modernization of Society

  • McPherson, Ordeal By Fire, 292-294, 368-392

Apr. 7
Loyalty and Disloyalty in the Confederate South

  • Dyer, Secret Yankees, all pages

Apr. 10
The War as Revolution: the Contraband Issue and Abolition

  • McPherson, Ordeal By Fire, 264-278

Apr. 12
The War as Revolution: Lincoln and the Emancipation Proclamation

  • McPherson, Ordeal By Fire, 292-297, 300-301

Apr. 14
The War as Revolution: Emancipation as a Process; Abolition and the CSA

  • McPherson, Ordeal By Fire, 346-360, 466-467, 477-478

RECONSTRUCTION
1865-77

Apr. 17
Wartime Reconstruction under Lincoln; Lincoln's Assassination

  • McPherson, Ordeal By Fire, 393-409, 482-488

Apr. 19
Presidential Reconstruction under Andrew Johnson in 1865

  • McPherson, Ordeal By Fire, 489-509

Apr. 21
No Class-Good Friday Observance

Apr. 24
1866: Andrew Johnson v. Congress; the Fourteenth Amendment

  • McPherson, Ordeal By Fire, 510-517

Apr. 26
Congressional Reconstruction, 1867-69: the Reconstruction Acts and the Impeachment of Johnson; the Rise of the Ku Klux Klan

  • McPherson, Ordeal By Fire, 517-534

Apr. 28
The Election of 1868 and the Passage of the Fifteenth Amendment

  • McPherson, Ordeal By Fire, 535-541

May 1
The Grant Administration: Suppression of the Klan and the Corruption Issue

  • McPherson, Ordeal By Fire, 541-560

May 3
The Elections of 1872 and 1876 and the End of Reconstruction

  • McPherson, Ordeal By Fire, 560-609

FINAL EXAM

May 5
Exam 3
will be given on Friday, May 5, at 3:00-5:00.


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