African-Americans: The Civil War and Aftermath

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9:30–11:30 a.m. 8-week course begins 3/10  

The role and status of Americans of African descent has been a major aspect of the culture and politics of the United States since the nation’s inception. It was the major issue in the conflict that led to the American Civil War and was an issue throughout the war. The war resolved some issues related to slavery, but left most issues related to the role and status of African-Americans unresolved. The war and postwar years created the cultural and political structures that continue to define much of American society and politics. This course offers a series of presentations by different individuals on topics that are intended to broaden our understanding of historical events in this pivotal period in our history. Presentations address topics ranging from the slave trade and the Underground Railroad to the Reconstruction, the post-Reconstruction “Jim Crow” practices, and the struggle of civil rights during the 20th century.

Gardner Shaw is offering this course on behalf of the Joshua Chamberlain Civil War Roundtable. He is a former management consultant and trainer, college professor, high school principal, and taxi driver. MSC.