Skip to main content

The Civil War and the Making of America

Image of the Fifteenth Amendment

This seminar examines causes, events and consequences of the Civil War in the United States.  It focuses on slavery, antebellum social and political divisions, the experiences of soldiers and civilians during the war itself, Reconstruction’s efforts to remake the nation, and the place of the Civil War in American culture since 1877.  It also introduces second-year students to the historian’s craft, with particular emphasis on analyzing primary documents and examining historiographic debates.

Department of History, Queen's University

49 Bader Lane, Watson Hall 212
Kingston ON K7L 3N6




Queen's University is situated on traditional Haudenosaunee and Anishinaabe territory.