OSHR 1100 - A Very Un-civil War: The American Civil War, Reconstruction and how they are Remembered

  • Noncredit

This course is offered through the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at Colorado State University. You must be a member of Osher to enroll in this course.

This discussion-based course will focus on a new topic each week, incorporating primary sources as the centerpiece. Topics will include: the antebellum slave system, the "even crazier than today" politics of the 1850s, the battlefield, the North and South home fronts, Reconstruction and its effects, and "How We Remember: Then and Now."

In addition to written and printed primary sources, each class will include a presentation of original artifacts from the instructor’s personal collection.

Readings: Manning, Chandra, What This Cruel War Was Over: Soldiers, Slavery, and the Civil War, Vintage Civil War Library. ISBN-13: 978-0307-27732-9

Please Note: No class November 19

Noncredit courses do not produce academic credit nor appear on a Colorado State University academic transcript.


Kurt Knierium

Kurt Knierim has been involved in education for more than a quarter century with an emphasis in Civil War history during most of that time. He has volunteered with multiple national and state historic parks as an interpreter of the Civil War. His interest in this period stems from family trips to historic sites while growing up.