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

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

Great speaker

Clearest, most eloquent presentation I've seen in a while. Although I with Prof. Blight had focused less on historical anecdotes and more on historical events, etc.

No Answer

Did a clash of inflated egos kill 650,000+ Americans? Could a different president have avoided this tragedy? I’m not convinced either way after listening to the course. Blight provides an east-coast elitist view of this period which greatly takes away from its enjoyment. Maybe a few years in the dreaded private sector could give him perspective and provide a more honest recount of this horrible American tragedy.

Superb lecture series

Not only did Prof Blight impart absolute facts about the Civil War, but he put a human face on it. He made me want to read and learn more about this period in our history. I think this is the most a great teacher can hope to do. Thank you iTunes and Apple for putting it on.