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3 weeks


3 hours per week


FREE - Certificate for £42


Humanities and Social Science

About this course

Discover key moments in American history after the Civil War.

American history is vast and complex. Through this course you will explore some of its key moments - examining domestic history and foreign relations.

You will investigate the background to the modern history of the United States, including the Civil War, Reconstruction, segregation and the black experience, and US expansion and foreign policy into the 19th century.

What topics will you cover?

  • Industrialisation, immigration, and urbanisation in the post-Civil War period
  • Race relations from 1865-1919
  • American foreign policy since the late nineteenth century

What you'll achieve

By the end of the course, you'll be able to...

  • Articulate core knowledge of American history in the period since the Civil War, encompassing themes, events, movements, and people from 1865-1919.
  • Critically analyse interpretations of America’s past, and the primary source documentation that underpins them.
  • Communicate clear and concise arguments in written forms that address issues in American history during this period.

Who is the course for?

This course is for anyone interested in American history. You don’t need any previous experience.

Meet the instructors

Dr Kit Candlin

Dr Kit Candlin

Dr Kit Candlin is a lecturer in American and Atlantic History with 15 years experience in teaching and research. His latest books are 'The Last Caribbean Frontier' 2012 and 'Enterprising Women' 2016.

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