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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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279 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.

marissa alexandria ,

Outstanding

Beautifully done and highly engaging

Motuprt ,

Phenomenal series and great lecturer

David Blight knows this subject inside and out and is a pleasure to listen to.

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