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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 - Video Yale University

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    • 4.2, 103 Ratings

(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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4.2 out of 5
103 Ratings

103 Ratings

Pandrosion ,

Great speaker

Clearest, most eloquent presentation I've seen in a while. Although I with Prof. Blight had focused less on historical anecdotes and more on historical events, etc.

ggharmon ,

Civil War

This is an excellent overview of Civil War times in the U. S., marred only by a few gratuitous and irrelevant jabs at contemporary conservatives and Republicans. It is a shame that Professor Blight feels the need to show his liberal chops by interrupting his otherwise spellbinding discussion with such distractions. On the other hand, it is useful to those of us long gone from the academic environment to hear first hand what students are exposed to these days.

That said, Professor Blight goes well beyond the expected recitation of a Civil War chronology by setting the stage with outstanding accounts of the social milieu of both North and South before, during and after the war. I especially enjoyed his extended discussion of Reconstruction, an era I had heard of but knew little about.

I would recommend this course to anyone wanting to know more about this painful but extremely important period in our country's history.

BobDR456 ,

No Answer

Did a clash of inflated egos kill 650,000+ Americans? Could a different president have avoided this tragedy? I’m not convinced either way after listening to the course. Blight provides an east-coast elitist view of this period which greatly takes away from its enjoyment. Maybe a few years in the dreaded private sector could give him perspective and provide a more honest recount of this horrible American tragedy.

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