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Fall 2013
Mar 24, 2018
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BLACK AND WHITE SOLDIERS OF THE CIVIL WAR~ This course will focus on the incorporation of black soldiers into the United States Military during the American Civil War, which was fought from 1861-1865. We will also examine the experience of the average Civil War soldier as well. By looking at fiction, memoir and history, we will examine the political situation that led to black soldiers fighting for the Union. We will also look at how black soldiers performed in battle, how they related to their white officers, and what the nature of their experience was. We will also explore how white soldiers felt about the war and how they felt about black soldiers being used in combat. In particular we will look at the now famous regiment, the 54th Massachusetts, which was portrayed in the movie Glory. However, there were other black regiments that fought just as bravely in the battles for Port Hudson and Fort Pillow, where many black soldiers were executed after surrendering. I have chosen four books to explore this aspect of American History. We will read The Killer Angels by Michael Shaara; The Passing of the Armies by Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain; Forged in Battle: The Civil War Alliance between Black Soldiers and White Officers; and Gate of Hell: Campaign for Charleston Harbor, 1863. In addition to these books, I will add to the course with lecture material about black soldiers from a variety of other books. Student presentations on some aspect of black and white soldiers in the Civil War will add to the range of experience that we will cover. For example, most of the regiments that fought for the Union were comprised of free black soldiers, but the 1st South Carolina was a regiment of former slaves that was raised on the islands off of South Carolina. In this course, you learn to read in variety of genres, which will be important to your development as a college student. You will learn to think critically and to do college level research and writing.
4.000 Credit hours
4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Freshman Colloquium Department

Course Attributes:
Sakai, First-Year Appropriate

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