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Lec 1 - Introductions: Why Does the Civil War Era Have a Hold on American Historical

"Lec 1 - Introductions: Why Does the Civil War Era Have a Hold on American Historical" The Civil War and Reconstruction (HIST 119) Professor Blight offers an introduction to the course. He summarizes some of the course readings, and discusses the organization of the course is discussed. Professor Blight offers some thoughts on the nature of history and the study of history, before moving into a discussion of the reasons for Americans' enduring fascination with the Civil War. The reasons include: the human passion for epics, Americans' fondness for redemption narratives, the Civil War as a moment of "racial reckoning," the fascination with loss and lost causes, interest in military history, and the search for the origins of the modern United States. 00:00 - Chapter 1. Introduction 03:09 - Chapter 2. Course Texts and Structure 10:47 - Chapter 3. Martin Luther King Jr.'s "Promissory Note" 15:31 - Chapter 4. Books and the Purpose of History 22:00 - Chapter 5. Why Study the Civil War? 38:46 - Chapter 6. Whitman's "Democracy" and Conclusion Complete course materials are available at the Open Yale Courses website: http://open.yale.edu/courses This course was recorded in Spring 2008.

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Lec 2 - Southern Society: Slavery, King Cotton, and Antebellum America's

Lec 3 - A Southern World View: The Old South and Proslavery Ideology

Lec 4 - A Northern World View: Yankee Society, Antislavery Ideology and the Abolition Movement

Lec 5 - Telling a Free Story: Fugitive Slaves and the Underground Railroad in Myth and Reality

Lec 6 - Expansion and Slavery: Legacies of the Mexican War and the Compromise of 1850

Lec 7 - A Hell of a Storm The Kansas-Nebraska Act and the Birth of the Republican Party

Lec 8 - Dred Scott, Bleeding Kansas, and the Impending Crisis of the Union, 1855-58

Lec 9 - John Brown's Holy War: Terrorist or Heroic Revolutionary?

Lec 10 - The Election of 1860 and the Secession Crisis

Lec 11 - Slavery and State Rights, Economies and Ways of Life: What Caused the Civil War?

Lec 12 - And the War Came

Lec 13 - Terrible Swift Sword: The Period of Confederate Ascendency, 1861-1862

Lec 14 - Never Call Retreat: Military and Political Turning Points in 1863

Lec 15 - Lincoln, Leadership, and Race: Emancipation as Policy

Lec 16 - Days of Jubilee: The Meanings of Emancipation and Total War

Lec 17 - Homefronts and Battlefronts:

Lec 18 - - War So Terrible: Why the Union Won and the Confederacy Lost at Home and Abroad The Civil War and Reconstructi

Lec 19 - To Appomattox and Beyond: The End of the War and a Search for Meanings

Lec 20 - Wartime Reconstruction: Imagining the Aftermath and a Second American Republic

Lec 21 - Andrew Johnson and the Radicals: A Contest over the Meaning of Reconstruction

Lec 22 - Constitutional Crisis and Impeachment of a President

Lec 23 - Black Reconstruction in the South: The Freedpeople and the Economics of Land and Labor

Lec 24 - Retreat from Reconstruction: The Grant Era and Paths to

Lec 25 - The Civil War and Reconstruction Era

Lec 26 - Race and Reunion: The Civil War in American Memory

Lec 27 - Legacies of the Civil War

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