Online course in History

Introduction to American History: From Reconstruction to World War, 1865-1919

Explore American history since 1865. Learn about the Civil War, Reconstruction, segregation and US foreign policy.

Introduction to American History: From Reconstruction to World War, 1865-1919

  • Duration 3 weeks
  • Weekly study 3 hours
This course is part of the program The United States from Civil War to Superpower, which is one of the building blocks that leads to a degree in Bachelor of Arts. Find out more.

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

When would you like to start?

  • Date to be announced
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What will you 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.

Who will you learn with?

Kit  Candlin

Kit Candlin

I am a lecturer in American and Atlantic History with 15 years experience in teaching and research. My latest books are 'The Last Caribbean Frontier' 2012 and 'Enterprising Women' 2016.

Who developed the course?

The University of Newcastle is a world-class university distinguished by a commitment to equity and excellence. Ranked in Australia’s Top 10 universities, and #214 in the world (QS rankings, 2019).

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Which program and degree is this course part of?

This course is part of the program The United States from Civil War to Superpower, which is one of the building blocks that leads to a degree in Bachelor of Arts.

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