The Greatest of American Tragedies: The Civil War and Reconstruction
Explore the political and cultural division of the United States leading up to the Civil War. We will examine the myriad conflicts: economic and political, legal and constitutional, and ideological and moral. This course will delve into the experiences of common people as well as prominent individuals of the period. We will consider the perspectives of Lincoln and Davis, Grant and Lee, and Douglass and Tubman, as well as those of abolitionists, slave owners, and enslaved people—in bondage and dubious freedom. After our journey through the war itself, we will weigh the legacies of Reconstruction in terms of redemption, racism, and segregation.
You'll Walk Away with
- Familiarity with the central events and figures of Civil War and Reconstruction history
- Insight into the history of political and cultural conflict and division in the United States
- All members of the community—working, retired, and in between
- Anyone with an interest in US history and politics