STS.027[J] The Civil War and the Emergence of Modern America: 1861-1890


Class Info

Using the American Civil War as a baseline, considers what it means to become "modern" by exploring the war's material and manpower needs, associated key technologies, and how both influenced the United States' entrance into the age of "Big Business." Readings include material on steam transportation, telegraphic communications, arms production, naval innovation, food processing, medicine, public health, management methods, and the mass production of everything from underwear to uniforms – all essential ingredients of modernity. Students taking graduate version complete additional assignments.

This class has no prerequisites.

STS.027[J] will not be offered this semester. It will be instructed by M. R. Smith.

This class counts for a total of 12 credits. This class counts as a HASS H.

In the Spring 2015 Subject Evaluations, STS.027[J] was rated 6.8 out of 7.0. You can find more information at the MIT STS: Tier II site.

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