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The course will consider the place of the Civil War in the growth and development of the United States from its colonial roots, through independence and constitution in the 18th century, through the U.S. we know today in the 21st century. We will cover:
- The role Black slavery played in the U.S. until 1860, the compromises made to avoid conflicts between states and regions, and the economic development of the north, the South, and the West, and how these factors influenced the outcome of the war. (Three sessions)
- Impact of the conflict on the non-combatant populations of both sides including political events and social and economic impacts of the conflict. (One session)
- The military and political turning points in the conflict. (Two sessions)
- The history of post-conflict efforts to restore and maintain unity: Reconstruction of the South, race relations, civil rights, and racial equality. (Three sessions)
- The memories and legacies of the War, and their influence on the history of the U.S. since the end of the war. (One session)
This class will be offered as a hybrid, both in-person and online. This is the in-person option.
Instructors: Paul Waugman, Mallory Reigger
Paul Waugaman has been an OLLI member since 2013. He retired from a career in research management in the Federal Government, academia, and consulting. History has been an interest throughout his life. He has concentrated on the Civil War and the evolution of the United States in the 19th Century. He has taught U.S. History part-time at the college level, and as a consultant, senior manager, and study leader, has planned and presented educational experiences in professional development for adults. He has teamed up with Mallory both as an SGL and Tech Host in prior semesters.
Mallory combines the role of co-leader and Tech host. She can fill in leading discussions and working with guest lecturers as necessary. Mallory has been a very active volunteer at OLLI, taking both leadership roles and developing the hybrid model of course presentation. All this in addition to serving as a well-liked SGL.
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