R315 Fall 2018 Issues and Politics in the Civil War
Mondays, 9:40–11:05, Oct. 1–Nov. 5
No class Oct. 8
Instructor: Robert Finkelstein
Many of the political, social, geographical and economic differences that were considered causes of the Civil War were present prior to the ratification of the Constitution. Discussions will include the history of those differences, along with the events between 1846 and 1860 that led to secession and war. We will examine the goals of the political and military leaders during the war and discuss the overall strategies of the Union and Confederacy. This course will focus on the outcomes and consequences of selected battles that changed politics at the end of the war.
Robert Finkelstein earned his BS in American government from Columbia University, and his MS in computer systems from American University. Finkelstein has extensively read about and studied the Civil War.