Course Syllabus

What you’ll learn

An overview of the political and social history of the 1850s
How generations of historians have explained the crisis of the Union
Slavery’s central role in the southern and national economies
How the issue of the expansion of slavery came to dominate national politics
Reasons for Lincoln’s rise to national prominence
How political leaders struggled, unsuccessfully, to resolve the growing crisis in the nation. Key events in history, such as: Bleeding Kansas, The Dred Scott decision, The Lincoln-Douglas debates, John Brown’s raid on Harper’s Ferry, and Dissolution of the Union in the winter of 1860-61