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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

Outstanding

Beautifully done and highly engaging

Phenomenal series and great lecturer

David Blight knows this subject inside and out and is a pleasure to listen to.

Engaging History by a Real Historian

This podcast is astounding. There's a lot of bad Civil War history out there (e.g., superficial, sensationalist, battle-focused or sentimentalized stuff), but this is the Real Thing: incredibly thoughtful, clear, well-organized -- yet somehow very soulful and nearly lyrical -- history delivered with grace and charm by somebody who understands its significance -- both then and now. Dr. Blight is at the top of his game. I can't imagine a better Civil War course, unless it would be to expand every lecture by another hour.