Civil War and Reconstruction
This course explored the Civil War and Reconstruction with Dickinson College scholar and Gilder Lehrman Teacher Seminar historian Matthew Pinsker. Professor Pinsker is the author of two acclaimed books and numerous articles on Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War era, and he has served as a visiting fellow at the National Constitution Center. He guided teachers through major themes in the history of America’s darkest days and subsequent efforts to fulfill the nation’s founding creed through equal opportunity for all. In a generous demonstration of support, Dickinson College provided graduate course credit to all participants who successfully completed the course.
The five-day seminar included:
- live lectures by Professor Pinsker, broadcast through a private web stream and archived for review;
- live digital history pedagogy sessions, also archived for review, including introductions to: creating classroom content with the acclaimed House Divided Project; using open-source web tools to create online exhibitions; and using GIS mapping to teach history;
- guest lectures by other eminent historians of the Civil War and Reconstruction, followed by live chats with Professor Pinsker;
- guidance in using online archives and digital history teaching tools;
- virtual field trips to Gettysburg battlefield and other noted Civil War sites; and
- one (1.0) graduate course credit from Dickinson College.
The course was available by application only and limited to thirty participants. Online course meetings took place on five days: July 31, August 1, August 2, August 7, and August 8, with a final project due two weeks after the last class.