Civil War and the Constitution

Information Introduction

Section 1, Fall 23

Schedule Information

Enrollment: 41/44
Credits: 3
Days Time Room Start Date End Date




1410-1530 WB104

Course Description

This course will examine the constitutional history of the United States from 1845 to 1877, paying attention to how the U.S. Constitution shaped the Civil War, and also to how the war left its mark on the Constitution. We will discuss such issues as congressional power to regulate slavery in the territories, the problem of race and slavery in constitutional law, suspension of civil liberties during wartime, congressional and presidential war powers, the respective powers of the state and federal governments, and the meaning of the Reconstruction Amendments.

Course Requirements

Exam Information

Final Type (if any): Flex with Paper Option

Description: Students are required to take a Flex exam at end of semester unless they submit a research paper via EXPO by noon on Dec. 20, 2023 in lieu of taking the exam. Students who wish to use the final paper for their upper-level writing requirement must submit a special request form to SRO by October 3rd.

Written Work Product

Students will write several short papers due directly to the instructor (not via EXPO). Deadlines and details to be announced. Students who wish to use any paper for their upper-level writing requirement must submit a special request form to SRO by October 3rd.

Other Course Details

Prerequisites: (Constitutional Law (6001)) None Concurrencies: None

Exclusive With: Civil War and the Constitution (9203)

Laptops Allowed: No

First Day Attendance Required: No

Course Resources: To be announced.

Graduation Requirements

Satisfies Understanding Bias/Racism/Cross-Cultural Competency requirement: Yes

Satisfies Writing Requirement: No

Credits For Prof. Skills Requirement: No

Satisfies Professional Ethics: No

Additional Course Information

Schedule No.: 123820637

Modified Type: Lecture

Cross Listed: Yes

Cross-Listed Course Mnemonic: HIUS 7072

Concentrations: Constitutional Law , Democracy and Civil Rights , Legal History , Race and Law

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