Aims/Description: Reconstruction -- the years in which the defeated South was occupied by Union troops -- has generated intense historical debate on topics ranging from slavery, economic production and race relations to the conquest of the West, social conflict and the reformation of cities and their people. This module will critically explore old and new approaches to the period while examining an array of primary sources. Through analysing satirical cartoons, congressional investigations into the Ku Klux Klan, and the testimonies of people formerly enslaved, we will consider why America's experiment with biracial democracy and activist government gave way so quickly to segregation and political retrenchment.

Restrictions on availability: Students must have taken 40 credits from HST202-HST21999

Staff Contact: HEATH ANDREW D
Teaching Methods: Seminars, Tutorials, Independent Study
Assessment: Formal Exam, Project/ portfolio

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