This course places the experiences, perspectives, and memories of American soldiers at the center of a historical study of U.S. wars from the Civil War to modern military conflicts. After covering the basic history of each war/conflict, the course will cover various historical interpretations of their origins and causes. The course will place great emphasis on understanding the lived experiences of American soldiers through their journals, letters, diaries, memoirs, interviews, and other primary sources. Finally, the course will also look at historical memory, both through the memories of soldiers themselves and as part of the collective memory of the nation.
Monday, March 8, 2021 to Tuesday, June 1, 2021