History 95 Class Schedule (Summer 2003)

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History 95 will meet according to the schedule listed below. This is an upper division history course with a very significant reading and discussion component. Doing all of your assigned reading for the day listed before class meetings is essential. A variety of class exercises will allow you to display this knowledge. You will be evaluated in part on the quality of your pre-class preparation. Because this is an upper division course and because of the concentrated nature of this Summer II course you will need to spend an average four to six hours a day outside of class time on reading and other assignments.

Students with disabilities who need academic accommodations should contact Dr. Susan Clarke, Coordinator of Disability Services, (2322). After an meeting with her, contact me during my office hours. Don't procrastinate: do this EARLY in the term before the first assignments are due.

All required electronic documents and on-line discussions can be reached by clicking the links on this web page.

Topic Assignment
Tuesday, July 22:
Welcome and Introduction Read Simpson, America's Civil War (ACW), Foreward, Preface and Acknowledgments, Introduction, today after class. Please post a short introduction of yourself, your preliminary thoughts about the course, and a reaction to the Simpson introduction and the other documents listed for today, on the online discussion board by the end of the day. (Note: after today, all other assignments listed in this schedule must be done before class on the day listed.)
America's Conflict and the meaning of War. David Hume, Treatise on Human Nature (excerpt); Soldier's Graves at Antietam
A Chronology of Crisis and Compromise Background Chronology
Wednesday, July 23 [POST]
Sectional Differences I George Fitzhugh, Sociology for the South (excerpt); James G. Randall, "The Blundering Generation" Mississippi Valley Historical Review [JAH], 27 (1940), 3-28. (You will need to be on the Furman network to access the JSTOR electronic version of this). (Complete this and all subsequent assignments before class on the indicated day.)
Sectional Differences II Investigate the Valley of the Shadow Project (Eve of War. Especially the newspapers and public records sections). Read the Essay by Ayers and Thomas
From Compromise to Crisis, 1850-1854 Appeal of the Independent Democrats (24 January 1854); Preston Brooks on the Nebraska Bill; The Boston Fugitive Slave Riots.
Thursday, July 24:
Fugitives and Foreigners, Kansans and Canings: 1855-1856 Northern Party Shifts; Sumner caning editorials (comment on one editorial nobody else has yet commented on, and be prepared to discuss at least three posted by others).
1857: Slavery National? Dred Scott editorials (comment on one editorial and discuss three).
Four Men at the Center: Lincoln, Douglas, Brown, and Helper ACW, 68-87; Abraham Lincoln's 'House Divided' Speech; Douglas's Reply (esp. paragraph 4, "the Freeport doctrine"); John Brown editorials (comment on one editorial and discuss three).
Friday, July 25:
The Slave Power Discussion of Leonard L. Richards, The Slave Power. (You must post a substantive, original and appropriately cited review essay posting to the discussion board before class.
The Campaign of 1860 ACW, 7-9; Republican Platform; Presidential voting by state; (note N.Y., Pennsylvania, Indiana, and Illinois, esp.) Maps of presidential voting by county.
Monday, July 28:
Deep South Secession ACW, 9-21.; Mississippi Secession Declaration; Alabama Commissioner's Letter to Kentucky Gov. Magoffin; Gov. Magoffin's Response
Sumter as a struggle for the Upper South ACW, 21-23
First In-Class Exam Exam I
Tuesday, July 29 [POST]
War Aims and The Upper South ACW, 24-36; Lincoln's War Message; Davis's War Message
Manassas and the First Summer of War ACW, 37-45
The Trent Affair ACW, 45-48.
Wednesday, July 30 [POST]
Tennessee, New Orleans and the South's Spring Crisis ACW, 49-56.
The Peninsula ACW, 57-61.
The Valley and After ACW, 61-66
Thursday, July 31 [POST]
The Seven Days' Battles Read Alan T. Nolan, Lee Considered, pp. 73-106, and Emory Thomas, Robert E. Lee, Chapter 19 (on book reserve).
Union and Confederate Nationalization ACW, 66-69, 137-145.
Second Manassas and Northward ACW, 80-83 (except last paragraph)
Friday, August 1
Ordinary Soldiers and their Families Discussion of Lowe and Hodges, Letters to Amanda (You must post a substantive, original and appropriately cited reaction commentary posting to the discussion board before class. This is not a full book review but should be longer than a regular posting.
Antietam: Day of Blood ACW, 83 (final paragraph)-87; Letter from R.E. Lee to Jefferson Davis, 3 September 1862; View all of the Antietam Photographs from the Library of Congress's collection of Selected Civil War Photographs.
Monday, August 4 [POST]
Emancipation ACW, 89-93; Chronology of Emancipation; Ira Berlin, "Who Freed the Slaves: Emancipation and its Meaning" in Blight and Simpson, eds., Union and Emancipation (on reserve); Lincoln's Compensated Emancipation Proposal for Delaware (Nov. 1861); Draft proposal for compensated emancipation (Feb. 1862); Lincoln's "Raymond Letter" (March 1862) defending compensated emancipation; Lincoln's "Greeley Letter" (August 1862) on the union vs. slavery; Lincoln's "Conkling Letter" (Aug. 1863) defending Emancipation.
Southern Reactions to the Emancipation Proclamation Reaction of the Richmond Whig; Reaction of the Charleston Courier; Jefferson Davis's Proclamation (Dec. 24 1862)
Tuesday, August 5 [POST]
The Kentucky Offensive Read John Keegan, The Face of Battle (Chapter One's sections on "The Narrative Tradition," and "Verdict or Tradition," pp. 61-77) (On reserve; bring a copy to class.); Gen. Bragg's Proclamation; Perryville: Gen. Buell's account; Cincinnati Gazette account; Gen. Bragg's account; Sam Watkins' account; ACW, 87-88.
Fall of Failures: Fredericksburg and Murfreesboro ACW, 94-99.
Wednesday, August 6
The Civil War as Women's Revolution ACW, 130-137; Nancy Emerson Diary, Augusta County, Virginia; Drew Gilpin Faust, "Altars of Sacrifice: Confederate Women and the Narratives of War" [JSTOR] Journal of American History 76 (Mar. 1990), 1200-1228; Kristie Ross, "Arranging a Doll's House: Refined Women as Union Nurses" in Clinton and Silber, eds., Divided Houses: Gender and the Civil War, 97-113, on reserve).
Chancellorsville and Vicksburg ACW, 100-110.
Thursday, August 7
Gettysburg I: Historical Accounts ACW, 110-114; Lee's Official Report; Meade's Official Report
Gettysburg II: Images of Battle In-class viewing of excerpts from Ken Burns' Civil War and Ron Maxwell's Gettysburg
Second In-Class Exam Exam II
Friday, August 8
Grant Takes Command: Chattanooga, Chickamauga, and the East ACW, 114-120
The Impact of Emancipation ACW, 120-129
Grant and Sherman I: From the Wilderness to Petersburg ACW, 162-175
Monday, August 11:
Grant and Sherman II: The Campaign for Atlanta ACW, 175-177
Lincoln's Summer of Troubles and the Election of 1864 ACW, 145-161, 177-187, Geography of Lincoln's Election.
Behind Union Lines (Discussion of Ash) Ash, When the Yankees Came (You must post a substantive, original and appropriately cited review essay posting to the discussion board before class.
Tuesday, August 12 [POST]
Atlanta, War Morality and Sherman's March ACW, 188-197 ; Official exchange over Atlanta: Correspondence of Sherman, Hood, and the Atlanta Mayor
The Collapse of the Confederacy ACW, 197-219
Reconstruction Obstacles and Proposals Three Months Among the Reconstructionists; Dolly Sumner Lunt Burge Diary (Read entries from 20 Nov. 1864 through 25 Dec. 1865); Nashville Citizen's Petition (Jan. 1865); Sherman's Field Order #15 (Jan. 1865); North Carolina Soldiers to the Freedman's Bureau (Spring 1865)
Wednesday, August 13 [POST]
Presidential and ex-Confederate Reconstruction Donald G. Nieman, Andrew Johnson, the Freedman's Bureau, and the problem of Equal Rights, 1865-1866" [JSTOR] Journal of Southern History (Aug. 1978), 399-420.
Learning Free Labor Labor Contract with Seven Freedmen.
Reunification and the Crisis of 1866 Geography of the 1866 Election; Memphis and New Orleans Cartoon; Mississippi Black Code (1865); Alexander Stephens on Reconstruction (read pp. 631-651).
Thursday, August 14 [POST]
Radical Reconstruction Fourteenth Amendment; Confiscation Speech of Thaddeus Stevens, 19 March 1867
Southern Republicans and the Paramilitary Backlash Herbert Shapiro, "The Ku Klux Klan During Reconstruction: The South Carolina Episode" [JSTOR] Journal of Negro History 49 (Jan. 1964), 34-55.
The Gospel of Prosperity Discussion of Nelson, Iron Confederacies.
Friday, August 15
The Civil War's Place in American History David W. Blight, "Quarrel forgotten or a revolution remembered? Reunion and race in the memory of the Civil War, 1875-1913" in Blight and Simpson, eds., Union and Emancipation (on reserve).
Final Exam Final Examination, 10:15-11:45 a.m.

Assignments and Grading

Assignment Due Date Contribution to Grade
Review Essay I: The Slave Power July 25 9 percent
First In-Class Examination July 28 17
Second In-Class Examination August 7 17
Essay II: War's Civilian Impact August 11 9
On-Line Discussions Daily 10
On-Line Exchange and Engagement Daily 4
In-class discussions, exercises, and participation Daily 10
Comprehensive Final Examination Friday, May 15, 10:10-11:45 a.m. 24

Note: The instructor reserves the right to change any provisions, due dates, grading percentages, or any other items without prior notice. All assignments on this schedule are covered under the university's policy on plagiarism and academic integrity. See the syllabus statement for further details. This page was last updated on 7/21/2003.