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History 393: America's Civil War: Find Background

A guide to research in History 393.

"More has been written on the Civil War than on any other single event in American history." 

DeBlasio, Donna M.. "Civil War." Encyclopedia of African American History, 1619-1895: From the Colonial Period to the Age of Frederick Douglass. Ed. Paul Finkelman. New York: Oxford UP, 2008. Oxford African American Studies Center. Fri Jun 23 12:46:42 EDT 2017. <>.

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Course description:

From the course catalog: "This course examines the military, economic, political, and social upheaval of mid-nineteenth century America. We will consider the failure of antebellum political mechanisms, the growth of sectionalism, justifications for and against secession, the methods and implications of war, competing constitutional systems during the conflict, efforts to eradicate Southern separatism, and the lingering cultural implications of the nation's fratricidal dispute. Students will employ the America's Civil War web site, as well as other media, in preparing for discussions, tests, and research papers.

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