This seminar examines the era of the American Civil War, with emphasis on its origins, scope, and consequences. Through lectures, class discussion, examination of historical texts, and visits to historic sites, the instructors and participants will examine the central role of slavery, the ways in which military and civilian affairs intersected and influenced one another, the question of what the war left unresolved, and how Americans have remembered the conflict. In many ways, the issues that divided the nation during the Civil War era continue to resonate today. This seminar will seek to make those issues clear, while at the same time providing a sense of the drama and tragedy of this tumultuous period.
Readings are sent by the Institute to seminar participants. Readings may include:
Fahs, Alice, and Joan Waugh, eds. The Memory of the Civil War in American Culture. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2004.
Gallagher, Gary W. The Union War. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2011.
The University of Virginia is located in Charlottesville, Virginia. Two major highways, Interstate 64 and US 29, intersect close to the university grounds. There are several options for traveling to and from Charlottesville.
The Charlottesville-Albemarle Airport (CHO) is located approximately eight miles from the university. Airport Shuttles are available. A Goff Limo provides shuttle service from the Charlottesville-Albemarle Airport to the University of Virginia and the surrounding areas.
The Charlottesville Amtrak station is located at 810 West Main Street, approximately two miles from the university.
A Greyhound Bus Terminal is also located in Charlottesville at 310 West Main Street, approximately 2.15 miles from the university and close to the Historic Downtown Mall.
For driving directions as well as further details visit the University of Virginia website.
Workshop participants will be housed in an on-campus dormitory, Brown College. Participants will have single bedrooms, but share bathrooms and common space. Dormitories are air-conditioned. Internet service is provided, but participants should bring cables. Participants should plan to bring laptops, as computer access on campus will be limited.
The university provides pillows, blankets, sheets, and towels only. Many participants choose to bring extra linens and towels. Please note that participants should plan to bring alarm clocks, hangers, irons, hair dryers, and shower shoes. There are a few communal kitchenettes located in the building, but participants should bring their own utensils. Housekeeping services are provided throughout the week.
Meals will be served in a university cafeteria in space shared by other programs. All on-campus meals will be paid for by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.
Participants are responsible for making their own travel arrangements to and from the seminar. Each seminar participant will receive reimbursement of travel expenses up to $400. Please read our complete travel reimbursement policy before applying.
The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History is proud to announce its agreement with Adams State University to offer three hours of graduate credit in American history to participating seminar teachers. For more information click here.
“This was one of the best seminars I have ever attended. All of the speakers were excellent, and we could not have asked for a better master teacher.”
“This seminar was excellent; it was engaging, thought-provoking, and stimulating. I commend Gary Gallagher for his engaged presentation of the material and interactive nature of the classes and field trips. . . I left the seminar inspired and eager to get back into the classroom and lesson planning! Thank you to everyone at Gilder Lehrman for providing me, and other teachers, with this incredibly inspirational and inspiring opportunity.”
“Professor Gallagher’s insights and knowledge broadened the depth of my knowledge and understanding of the Civil War. This was a great experience.”
Email the Teacher Seminars department or call 646-366-9666.