ONLINE: How did Union Army soldiers communicate and express themselves? This course will reveal how letters from some of these soldiers addressed contemporary issues of race, equality and the role of government. Written by white, Black and women soldiers, these letters will be examined throughout the course. Period art, photography and events will illuminate the soldiers' wartime letter writing. The course is divided into five units: Clues to Soldiers’ Social/Political Identities, Gender, The Meaning of Union, Writing About Battle and The War’s Purpose. Instruction will be delivered through lectures with opportunities for questions and discussion. Each presentation includes a preview and introduction via PowerPoint. Breaks for questions will be included approximately 40 minutes into the session and during the last five to 10 minutes. Chat questions will be monitored throughout the presentation. A course website will provide supplemental resources and copies of instructional materials. | Lecture + Q&A.
Max enrollment: 40.
Steve Gates is a retired college administrator and faculty member. His experience includes teaching English and education courses, and community college administration. He has taught online and distance learning courses, including for OLLI. Gates holds a Ph.D. in English education from the University of Iowa, an M.A. in English from Eastern New Mexico University and a B.A. in English education from Wartburg College. His current research includes Civil War studies.