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

by David Blight

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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.

Customer Reviews

A Great Listen

This is an outstanding course on the Civil War. Professor Blight is a great speaker who maintained my interest throughout, to say the least. Very informative, highly recommend it for anyone interested in learning more about the Civil War.

Excellent

I highly recooment this course to anyone who has an interest in the Civil War. Professor Blight does a great job of conveying the information, both interesting and informative.

A historian with the soul of a poet

Professor Blight demonstrates the soul of a poet in this broad yet thought provoking review of the causes, course, and results of the Civil War. Eschewing the determinist perspective so often heard (e.g. “The North had to win because…”), Blight offers instead an examination that considers the vagaries of history, including discussions of the war’s impact on those “beyond the command tent” such as slaves, civilians, women, and common soldiers. He further goes above and beyond challenging listeners with an impassioned offering of Southern arguments for secession. While you may not – indeed hopefully will not – accept these arguments, it is refreshing after the plethora of stale Confederate caricatures and ahistorical apologies.

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