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

The Civil War and Reconstruction Era, 1845-1877 (HIST 119) Having dealt with the role of violence and the Supreme Court in bringing about the end of Reconstruction in his last lecture, Professor Blight now turns to the role of national electoral politics, focusing in particular on the off-year Congressional election of 1874 and the Presidential election of 1876. 1874 saw the return of the Democrats to majority status in the Senate and the House of Representatives, as voters sick of corruption and hurt by the Panic of 1873 fled the Republicans in droves. According to many historians, the contested election of 1876, and the "Compromise of 1877," which followed it, marked the official end of Reconstruction. After an election tainted by fraud and violence, Republicans and Democrats brokered a deal by which Republican Rutherford B. Hayes took the White House in exchange for restoration of "home rule" for the South. 00:00 - Chapter 1. Introduction: Exhibitions and Elections of 1876 11:21 - Chapter 2. The Off-Year Congressional Election of 1874: Shifts in Party Representation 22:26 - Chapter 3. Confusion in Rhetoric and Votes: The Presidential Election of 1876 37:16 - Chapter 4. The Ensuing Election Dispute and "Compromise of 1877" 49:48 - Chapter 5. The Return of "Home Rule" in the South and the End of Reconstruction 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 1 - Introductions: Why Does the Civil War Era Have a Hold on American Historical

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 27 - Legacies of the Civil War

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