Continuing Studies Lectures

Current Course (Spring 2017)
Course Syllabus
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The Civil War and Emancipation in the American Midwest

Scotts Great Snake
A December 1861 cartoon depicts General Winfield Scott’s “Anaconda Plan.” Courtesy the Library of Congress.

This class examines the destruction of chattel slavery in the United States from the vantage point of actors who hailed from the present-day American Midwest, or what was then known as the “Old Northwest,” or broader still, “the West.” What role did the Midwest’s people and places have in toppling the Confederacy? How might their stories help us better understand the Civil War and its legacies anew?

Suggested Readings
V. Jacque Voegeli, The Midwest and the Negro During the Civil War (Chicago, 1967)
Leslie Schwalm, Emancipation’s Diaspora: Race and Reconstruction in the Upper Midwest (UNC, 2009)
Chandra Manning, What This Cruel War Was Over (Knopf, 2007)

Expanded Reading List

TBD beginning May 2, 2017…

Links and Online Resources
TBD beginning May 2, 2017…

Older Courses
Reconstruction (Fall 2016)
Reconstruction (Course Syllabus)
Expanded Reading List

Wisconsin and the Antislavery Movement to 1854
Wisconsin and the Antislavery Movement to 1854 (Syllabus)

Fall 2015: Abraham Lincoln and the Upper Mississippi Valley
Course Description
Course Suggested Readings
Timeline-Lincoln and the Upper Mississippi Valley

Spring 2015: Bicycling: Past, Present, and Future
No syllabus available. Please contact me for a suggested reading list.

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