The Civil War and Reconstruction - 1861 - 1865: A New Birth of Freedom

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The Civil War and Reconstruction - 1861 - 1865: A New Birth of Freedom

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Politics of Freedom: The Civil War, 1861-1865 narrates the history of the American Civil War. While it examines individual engagements and the overall nature of the military conflict, the focus is less on the battlefield than on political, social, and economic change in the Union and the Confederacy. Central to the account are the road to emancipation, the role of black soldiers, the nature of Abraham Lincoln’s wartime leadership, internal dissent in both the North and South, the changing position of women in both societies, and the war’s long-term economic and intellectual impact. We end with a look at the beginnings of Reconstruction during the conflict.

This course is part of the XSeries, Civil War and Reconstruction, which introduces students to the most pivotal era in American history. The Civil War transformed the nation by eliminating the threat of secession and destroying the institution of slavery. It raise...

Politics of Freedom: The Civil War, 1861-1865 narrates the history of the American Civil War. While it examines individual engagements and the overall nature of the military conflict, the focus is less on the battlefield than on political, social, and economic change in the Union and the Confederacy. Central to the account are the road to emancipation, the role of black soldiers, the nature of Abraham Lincoln’s wartime leadership, internal dissent in both the North and South, the changing position of women in both societies, and the war’s long-term economic and intellectual impact. We end with a look at the beginnings of Reconstruction during the conflict.

This course is part of the XSeries, Civil War and Reconstruction, which introduces students to the most pivotal era in American history. The Civil War transformed the nation by eliminating the threat of secession and destroying the institution of slavery. It raised questions that remain central to our understanding of ourselves as a people and a nation – the balance of power between local and national authority, the boundaries of citizenship, and the meanings of freedom and equality. This XSeries will examine the causes of the war, the road to secession, the conduct of the Civil War, the coming of emancipation, and the struggle after the war to breathe meaning into the promise of freedom for four million emancipated slaves. One theme throughout the series is what might be called the politics of history – how the world in which a historian lives affects his or her view of the past, and how historical interpretations reinforce or challenge the social order of the present.

 

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4 years, 1 month ago
Perfect series of courses, very interesting and entertaining, for me as a European with technical education, full of new information. Fully recommend.
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4 years, 3 months ago
I took the Road to the Civil War and enjoyed it very much, so I took this course, and this course was like the first -- outstanding! Dr. Foner is an incredible instructor: well-organized, lucid, extremely knowledgeable, and funny. I was a history major, and he has rekindled my passion for history, especially this era. I am looking forward to taking Reconstruction.
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4 years, 7 months ago
Such a great and interesting course. I really enjoyed the first one as well, and I look forward to the third. Thank you Dr. Foner and edX for making these courses available to the public.
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4 years, 8 months ago
Absolutely great course! I enrolled when it was already finishing and completed almost everything in one day - that's how it is interesting for me. Thank you, Mr Foner!
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The best MOOC ever!
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This is as engaging as Part 1. I strongly recommend anyone interested in American history to take this series. I look forward every week to the next lectures.
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