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The Civil War and Reconstruction Era, 1845-1877

by Yale University

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Course Description

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.

Customer Reviews


Dr. Blight is not only a remarkable historian, he's a gifted storyteller. He brings all the complexities and nuances of the American Civil War to life--and manages to be entertaining as well. Worth viewing/listening to for anyone interested in American history.

Awesome series

I go back probably twice a year to listen to these lectures again, and I learn new things every time. The whole course feels much more like a story than a series of lectures but the details are so deep you will learn so much about this conflict by the end.


Outstanding lecturer. I learned a ton.

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