The United States: The Nation Divided, 1836-1876

Fall 2008 | Wheaton College


The U.S. Civil War transformed the nation, ending slavery and commencing the development of a strong central government. Numerous additional issues divided the United States in the twenty-five years before the war, among them the relationship of western lands and populations to the rest of the nation, ideas about work and workers in diverse and interdependent regional economies, and the question of citizenship and who qualified for its protections.

Students in this course will write three episodes over the course of the semester, using both digital and print resources available at Wheaton College.