The Civil War and Reconstruction

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David Blight, Yale University | Aug 13, 2020

This course, taught by David Blight, 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.

Tags: United States Lecture, Podcast, & Documentary Syllabus Military Political Slavery 1800-1900


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