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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