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I also second the suggestion of Gallagher and Waugh's new text. It is through yet succinct, providing the necessary overview and chronological backbone but allowing ample opportunity to supplement with more focused secondary sources and/or primary material throughout the course.
I just finished teaching a CW course of 20 students this past fall, and found the students really engaged with the text and were not overwhelmed, which enabled them to also engage with various supplementary texts assigned them. All of which made for much more productive in-class discussions.
The 2017 Gilder Lehrman Lincoln Prize will be awarded to two recipients this year: James B. Conroy, author of Lincoln’s White House: The People’s House in Wartime (Rowman and Littlefield), and Douglas R. Egerton, author of Thunder at the Gates: The Black Civil War Regiments That Redeemed America (Basic Books).
I second this suggestion (of Gallagher and Waugh). I used this text for the first time this past fall, and while it is a very basic text, students responded well to it.
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