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(HIST 119) This course explores the causes, course, and consequences of the American Civil War, from the 1840s to 1877. The primary goal of the course is to understand the multiple meanings of a transforming event in American history. Those meanings may be defined in many ways: national, sectional, racial, constitutional, individual, social, intellectual, or moral. Four broad themes are closely examined: the crisis of union and disunion in an expanding republic; slavery, race, and emancipation as national problem, personal experience, and social process; the experience of modern, total war for individuals and society; and the political and social challenges of Reconstruction.

This course was recorded in Spring 2008.

The Civil War and Reconstruction Era, 1845-1877 - Audio Yale University

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(HIST 119) This course explores the causes, course, and consequences of the American Civil War, from the 1840s to 1877. The primary goal of the course is to understand the multiple meanings of a transforming event in American history. Those meanings may be defined in many ways: national, sectional, racial, constitutional, individual, social, intellectual, or moral. Four broad themes are closely examined: the crisis of union and disunion in an expanding republic; slavery, race, and emancipation as national problem, personal experience, and social process; the experience of modern, total war for individuals and society; and the political and social challenges of Reconstruction.

This course was recorded in Spring 2008.

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4.5 out of 5
302 Ratings

302 Ratings

Spatior ,

Excellent and essential

You cannot be adequately informed on the most recent scholarship concerning the Civil War without encountering David Blight.

Well done course, and exciting perspective on this period. Extremely relevant if you want to understand race relations today.

Dreamweaver65 ,

Crucial, gripping, and beautiful

Every American needs to know as much as they can about the social history of the Civil War. David Blight does an amazing job, and you definitely don’t need to be reading along to follow. It’s a great audio only experience. As a military buff himself, he does spend some time on the battles, if that’s what you’re here for. But he also leads through the rich political, economic, and social context, connecting it up to the present day.

Marinlady ,

Civil War and Reconstruction Era

In love with Frederick Douglass after “Patriot of
Freedom”; now in love with its author, BRAVO!
Why was I never blessed with a prof like him.🤗
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