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Revision Date: 22-Jul-17

HIS-2140-VA01Z - The Civil War

Synonym: 154688
Location: St. Albans
Credits: 3 (45 hours)
Accelerated Section: This course has special meeting dates and times. See comments below or consult VSC Web Services - Search for Sections in the VSC portal for specific dates and times. If you have any questions call the site office offering the course.
Semester Dates: 07-31-2017 to 08-04-2017
Last day to drop without a grade: 07-31-2017 - Refund Policy
Last day to withdraw (W grade): 08-02-2017 - Refund Policy
Faculty: Linda Gustafson | View Faculty Credentials

Materials/Lab Fees: $10.00
This course has started, please contact the offering academic center about registration

Comments: The registration deadline for this course is two weeks prior to the start date.

Browse the Moodle Site for this class.

Course Description:

Explores the causes and effects of the Civil War, focusing on issues important both then and now such as states' rights, the treatment of blacks and minorities, a political Supreme Court, and reactions to war.

Essential Objectives:

1. Identify antebellum attempts at compromise and the conflict's economic, social, and political causes.
2. Explain the doctrine of "states' rights."
3. Recognize the relationship between the 1860 election's outcome and the southern states' secession.
4. Describe the strategic and tactical conduct of the war, northern and southern military and political goals and objectives, and how these changed during the war.
5. Discuss Reconstruction and its consequences.
6. Analyze the institution of slavery, African-Americans' post-war status and their struggle for equality.
7. Employ primary sources, including diaries, letters, speeches, and government documents to write historical analyses.
8. Identify points of view, assumptions, facts, and hypotheses in readings.

Additional Instructor Pre-Assignments/Notes/Comments:

There is a lab fee for this course for field trip/s.

The textbook for the course will be a Civil War reader with primary sources to supplement the outlines provided each day by the instructor.  The following is the course textbook:

THE CIVIL WAR AND RECONSTRUCTION: A DOCUMENTARY COLLECTION  by William E. Gienapp (ISBN 039397555X) Please get the 2001 edition. 

The text is fairly inexpensive on sites like Amazon, Barnes & Noble, &  If you are ordering this textbook from such a site, please do so early enough so the book will arrive on time for the start of this one-week course.  Not having books on time for a class that requires reading can put students behind so easily. 

**There is a pre-reading from the Gienapp book for pages: 5-6; 7-9; 11;12-14; 21-23; & 23-25 to gain a sense of understanding about northern and southern views prior to the start of the Civil War.  Please read these pages before class starts on July 31st.  These pages will also be posted on Moodle. These readings may also be part of the first quiz for the course.  

The instructor will provide daily outlines that cover key events in Civil War history.

I look forward to having all of you in this class on the Civil War, considered to be a very significant turning point in America's history, as it was one of the most violent times in this country, killing more than 700,000 individuals, and it divided the nation into two separate entities, the Union and the Confederacy.    


        ·         Small-group / whole-class discussion / debates

·         Mini-lecture

·         Small group activities/exercises, including games and simulations

·         Reading quizzes

·         Films/Film Analyses

·         Primary Source discussion

·         Research and Power Point Presentation


Evaluation Criteria:

234-260 = A;     208-233 = B;    182-207 = C;    156-181 = D;    155 and below = F

·          Two reading quizzes = 80 points (40 points each)

·          Two film analyses = 60 points  (30 points each) (form provided)  

·          One primary source discussion/write-up = 30 points  (form provided) 

·          One field trip write-up =  30 points  (form provided) 

·          One Brief Research Paper and Power Point Presentation = 60 points



Grading Criteria:

Letter Grade Criteria are listed below. 

A+ through A-: For any work to receive an "A," it must clearly be exceptional or outstanding work. It must demonstrate keen insight and original thinking. It must not only demonstrate full understanding of the topic or issues addressed, but it must also provide a critical analysis of these. In addition, an "A" grade reflects a student's ability to clearly and thoughtfully articulate his or her learning.

B+ through B-: For any work to receive a "B," it must be good to excellent work. It must demonstrate strong originality, comprehension, critical thinking, and attention to detail. In addition, a "B" grade reflects a student's ability to clearly articulate his or her learning.

C+ through C-: For any work to receive a "C," it must meet the expectations of the assignment. It must demonstrate solid comprehension, critical thinking, and attention to detail. In addition, a "C" grade reflects a student's ability to adequately articulate his or her learning.

D+ through D-: For any work to receive a "D," it must marginally meet the expectations of the assignment. It demonstrates minimal comprehension, critical thinking, and attention to detail. In addition, a "D" grade may reflect a student's difficulty in articulating his or her learning.

F: Work that receives an "F" grade does not meet the expectations or objectives of the assignment. It demonstrates consistent problems with comprehension, organization, critical thinking, and supporting details. In addition, an "F" grade reflects a student's inability to articulate his or her learning. Students are strongly urged to discuss this grade with their instructor and advisor.

P: Equivalent to D (+/-) or better and therefore course will not count as credit for specific program requirements or competence area requirements.

NP: indicates failure to meet course objectives and/or failure to meet grading criteria for successful completion as described in the instructor's course description.


Summer 2017 textbook data will be available on April 1. On that date a link will be available below that will take you to eCampus, CCV's bookstore. The information provided there will be for this course only. Please see this page for more information regarding the purchase of textbooks.

The Civil War and Reconstruction: A Documentary Collection, ISBN: 9780393975550, W W NORTON   $36.02

Attendance Policy:

Attendance IS required.  There are NO ABSENCES accepted in this one-week class.  Please do not plan your vacation or work schedule during part of this week-long course.     

Contact Faculty:

Email: Linda Gustafson
Hiring Coordinator for this course: Gretchen Dehart

  Home Phone: 802-879-2941


Please note: In order to receive accommodations for disabilities in this course, students must make an appointment to see the Americans with Disabilities Coordinator in their site and bring documentation with them.

Academic Honesty: CCV has a commitment to honesty and excellence in academic work and expects the same from all students. Academic dishonesty, or cheating, can occur whenever you present -as your own work- something that you did not do. You can also be guilty of cheating if you help someone else cheat. Being unaware of what constitutes academic dishonesty (such as knowing what plagiarism is) does not absolve a student of the responsibility to be honest in his/her academic work. Academic dishonesty is taken very seriously and may lead to dismissal from the College.

Course description details subject to change. Please refer to this document frequently.

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