The American Civil War: Law, Politics and Technology


Examination of the legal, political, and technological implications of the American Civil War era, including factors leading to the war and the Reconstruction period. Topics include issues raised by secession, states' rights, the suspension of habeas corpus, slavery and emancipation, the Dred Scott decision and later civil rights cases, and military rule of the occupied South during and after the war. Topics also include the contributions of various minority group members and the interactions of these groups with the larger society. Other discussion includes the impact of technology on the war and its aftermath, including advances in weaponry, battle tactics, medicine, photography, journalism, transportation, surveillance, and means of communication. The relevancy of the Civil War to modern society is addressed. 3 Credits (3 Lecture) (Cultural Diversity, Science, Technology and Society) As needed.