Course Description

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.

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Section Title
Northern Civil War Soldiers: Letters From a Diverse Front
Online - Zoom
9:00AM to 10:15AM
Sep 12, 2023 to Oct 31, 2023
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Recommended reading:
Gary W. Gallagher, "The Union War" (9780674066083)
Reid Mitchell, "The Vacant Chair: The Northern Soldier Leaves Home" (9780195078930)
Lauren M. Cook, "An Uncommon Soldier: The Civil War Letters of Sarah Rosetta Wakeman, Alias Private Lyons Wakeman, 153rd Regiment, New York State Volunteers, 1862-1864" (9780195102437)
Lauren M. Cook and Dee Anne Blanton, "They Fought Like Demons: Women Soldiers in the Civil War" (?9781400033157)

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