The Civil War & Reconstruction: A Free Course from Yale University

The Civ­il War was a water­shed moment in US his­to­ry, and it fig­ures cen­tral­ly in any Amer­i­can his­to­ry cur­ricu­lum. If you missed this course dur­ing high school or col­lege, not to wor­ry. Now, thanks to Yale Uni­ver­si­ty, you can revis­it this his­tor­i­cal moment with Prof. David Blight, one of the nation’s lead­ing Civ­il War schol­ars. The Civ­il War and Recon­struc­tion “explores the caus­es, course, and con­se­quences of the Amer­i­can Civ­il War, from the 1840s to 1877,” look­ing at how the Unit­ed States was trans­formed on mul­ti­ple lev­els: racial­ly, social­ly, polit­i­cal­ly, con­sti­tu­tion­al­ly and moral­ly. You can access the 27 free lec­tures, pre­sent­ed in audio and video, via YouTubeiTunes, and the Yale web site (plus a syl­labus). We also have it on the list of our Free His­to­ry Cours­es, a sub­set of our col­lec­tion 1,700 Free Online Cours­es from Top Uni­ver­si­ties.

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  • Stecker Pierson says:

    Real­ly liked the course. The first pro­fes­sor that did not put me to sleep on this sub­ject. Have had dif­fi­cul­ty devel­op­ing an inter­est in the his­tor­i­cals. I learned alot. Thanks for your hard work. My mom thanks you.

  • Elizabeth Price says:

    I would like to sign up for the class. How do I get a syl­labus? Is it just watch and lis­ten or do stu­dents inter­act? Could I talk to some­one with my ques­tions? Liz

  • Troy William Estep says:

    I per­son­al­ly pound my chest and take off my crown and place it in your hands and you place it on your head. I view my self as a priest.

  • Tamika Janzen says:

    I need help see­ing who my ances­tors are i have my dads fathers name but not my dads moms name cause she left when my dad was 4yrs old. please help me

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