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Civil War Memory: What Americans Have Thought and Think about the Civil War

HNRS 2030 Sec. 060 - Spring 2022

Professor Gaines Foster Department of History

M W 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
135 French House

In New Orleans, in Richmond, and across the South, Confederate monuments have recently come down; most still stand. As Americans debate the monuments’ fate, they wrestle with the meaning of the American Civil War, its public memory. Through lectures, readings, movies, and discussion, this course will explore how, after the war, contested memories of the Civil War emerged among whites in the North, whites in the South, and African Americans and how Civil War memories have changed over time. It will explore manifestations of those memories in various movies as well as their use in movements and public controversies. Having explored how, over the last 155 years, Americans have disagreed about how the Civil War should be remembered, the course focuses on historical issues that should contribute to Americans developing a more accurate memory of the war.

Fulfills General Education:

English Composition