Articulate the effect of the Civil War on the environment and the impact this had on American history afterwards.
This week you read an essay by historian Jack Temple Kirby about a little-studied subfield of Civil War history – the war’s influence on the environment. Here we can conceive of the environment broadly, including our physical surroundings (land, crops, plants, water) but also the influence of the war on living things, including spread of disease through pathogens and the death of people and animals.
Using the readings and film as evidence, consider the following in a post of at least 250 words:
- What arguments does Kirby make about the impact of the Civil War on the environment?
- Which environmental change do you think had the most significant and long-standing impact in US history? Why?
Keep the following points in mind:
- The conclusions drawn are supported by references to relevant historical facts and events.
- The analysis of historical facts and events is thoughtful and original.