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The Civil War Era: Dividing a Nation is a Course

The Civil War Era: Dividing a Nation

Ended Jan 12, 2015

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Starts September 22, 2014

This course examines the social, political, and economic development of the United States since the end of the Civil War. It traces the rise of an industrial and urban social order, the emergence of the U.S. as a world power, social and political reform movements, and recent transformations. Readings and written assignments focus not only on the major political events and economic developments of the period, but also the experiences of diverse groups, including women, African-Americans, immigrants, workers, and others.

Topics covered include:

  • Week One: The Industrial Revolution Comes to America
  • Week Two: Good Feelings or Continuing Divisions?
  • Week Three: Manifest Destiny
  • Week Four: King Cotton and the Antebellum South
  • Week Five: The Union Divides: The Civil War
  • Week Six: Reconstruction

Full series:

  • U.S. History 1: First Peoples to the Early Republic: Born in Colonialism
  • U.S. History 2: The Civil War Era: Dividing a Nation
  • U.S. History 3: The Gilded Age to the Roaring Twenties: The Emergence of Modern America
  • U.S. History 4: The Great Depression to the War on Terror: Enter the World Stage
Nate Weston

Nate Weston


Nate Weston, the course instructor, was born and raised in Seattle. He earned a B.A. in American studies from Hampshire College, an M.A. in history from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, in addition to another M.A. and a Ph.D., both in history, from the University of Washington.