14th Annual Civil War History Residency

Fast Facts

  • A three-day field trip to Civil War battlefields
  • Discussions on factors leading to the Northern victory
  • Learning activity done in conjunction with a four-credit course
  • Fulfills American history general education requirement
  • $480 for lodging, tour bus travel and dining (nonrefundable)
  • tuition, college fees and textbooks are additional

Join us April 20 - 22, 2018

Sharpsburg, Md. and Gettysburg, Pa.

Each spring, a Civil War History Residency is offered, under the direction of Gregory Edwards, Ph.D. at SUNY Empire State College at Lakewood. The residency is open to all students collegewide.

Students participate in a three-day field trip to Gettysburg and Antietam. During this trip, they will tour the battlefields and participate with other students in evening discussions on the factors leading to the Northern victory in the war. Students also will be responsible for giving an oral presentation about one of the stations on the battlefield tour.

photo of cannons at Antietam National Battlefiled Park, Sharpsburg, Md
The final attack at Antietam National Battlefield Park, Sharpsburg, Md.

Students may enroll in the course, attend the residency, and then, complete the other learning activities (required reading and written assignments) in various ways depending on the students' location – such as through a study group, as a one-to-one independent study or through an at-a-distance independent study.

Space is limited and available only to those students who have paid in full by the registration deadline.

Studies Offered with Residency

4 credits, advanced or introductory level
liberal studies

Description

Through this study, students will examine in depth the military history of the United States from the Colonial period through the 20th century.

4 credits, advanced level
liberal studies
Prerequisite: American Religious History I

Description

Through this study, students explore the relationship between religion and politics, economics, society and culture in the formation of American history from the Civil War to the present.

Topics covered will include:

  • countervailing trends in American religious history
  • religion and the Confederacy’s defeat
  • the Social Gospel movement
  • Protestant progressivism
  • church/state relations
  • the culture wars
  • the new religious pluralism.

4 credits, advanced or introductory level
liberal studies

Description

The purpose of this study is to give students the opportunity to survey both the history of Antebellum slavery and the Civil War and the Reconstruction era and to be introduced to the major historical problems. These problems include:

  • the causes of the war
  • the character of Antebellum American slavery
  • the causes behind the Confederacy’s defeat
  • the Lincoln enigma
  • the character and legacy of Reconstruction, within the context of the broad sweep of American history from the Colonial period through the Reconstruction era.

4 credits, advanced level
liberal studies
Prerequisite: U.S. History I

This study will examine the development of the American presidency from its creation until the present.

Topics covered will include:

  • the ideological and experiential roots of the presidency
  • the creation of the presidency
  • Federalist, Jeffersonian and Jacksonian conceptions of the presidency
  • the president at war
  • the president in the Industrial Age
  • Watergate as a constitutional crisis
  • the role of the executive bureaucracy
  • the president and foreign policy.

Tentative Itinerary (subject to change)

Students will be provided with the detailed itinerary once registered.

TimeActivity
8 a.m. pick up in Jamestown, N.Y.
11 a.m. pick up in Corning, N.Y.
1:30 p.m. McDonald’s stop in Lewisburg, Pa. (meal not included in residency price)
4:30 p.m. check in for hotel lodging in Hagerstown, Md.
5 p.m. dinner at Cracker Barrel
6:30-8:30 p.m. group discussion at hotel

TimeActivity
6-7 a.m. continental breakfast at hotel
8 a.m. Antietam National Battlefield Park, Sharpsburg, Md.
noon lunch delivered to visitor center
4 p.m. depart battlefield
4:30 p.m. return to hotel lodging in Hagerstown, Md.
5 p.m. dinner at Cracker Barrel
6:30-8:30 p.m. group discussion at hotel

TimeActivity
6-7 a.m. continental breakfast at hotel and hotel check out
8 a.m. Gettysburg National Battlefield Park, Gettysburg, Pa.
noon lunch delivered to bus picnic area
3 p.m. depart battlefield
4 p.m. drop off near Harrisburg, Pa.
5:30 p.m. McDonald’s stop in Lewisburg, Pa. (meal not included in residency price)
8:30 p.m. drop off in Corning, N.Y.
11:30 p.m. drop off in Jamestown, N.Y.

Want more information?

Gregory Edwards, Ph.D.
716-708-1798, ext. 3797

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