Course Description

ONLINE: This course's purpose is to enrich students’ understanding of the Civil War and Northern soldiers through their letter writing. Students will discover how the soldiers' writing during a critical time in our history speaks to contemporary issues of race, equality and the role of government. Period art, photography and historical events will be included to illuminate the language and culture of Northern soldiers during the Civil War. Six units are planned: Soldiers’ Language; Literacy and Culture; Features of Their Letters; Soldiers’ Political Identities; The Meaning of Union; and Race, Equality and Government. Letters representative of Northern soldiers, including African American soldiers, will be analyzed and illustrated throughout the course. Northern soldiers’ letters reveal their understanding of the meaning of “union.” Close analysis reveals how the soldiers' opinions on race, equality and the role of government in preserving free institutions still resonate today. | Lecture + Q&A.

Max enrollment: 200.

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Section Title
Union Soldiers: Civil War Letters
Online - Zoom
9:00AM to 10:15AM
Sep 27, 2022 to Nov 15, 2022
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Contact Hours
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Virtual Classroom  
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Please note: The suggested books are for those who wish to know more; they supplement course material.

Recommended reading:
Gary W. Gallagher, "The Union War" (9780674066083)
Reid Mitchell, "The Vacant Chair: The Northern Soldier Leaves Home" (9780195078930)

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