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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


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 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.

Great style

I listened to the course lectures in the car while commuting as usual. What I liked in prof. Blight is his style in delivering the information. History is pretty dry subject to start with, so we need someone like prof. Blight in a story telling fashion to make us interested. He did that perfectly. I used to listened to the lectures even if I have a 5 mins commute. Infomative, nonbiased "to the best he could", and has a style. I enjoyed every min listening to him.