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Course Description

The impact of the Civil War was profound. It destroyed a quasi-aristocratic economic and social system based on slavery, created an all-powerful national government, and accelerated the rise of an industrial economy. The course will examine the men who formed and led the great armies across the length and breadth of much of our country. The armies advanced and retreated until, finally, at Appomattox Court House, the vastly changed nation was restored. Consideration will be given to the impact of the war on women, black soldiers, the government, and the economy. Part one of the course (first five weeks), South Rises, covers the beginnings of the national crisis over slavery through Lee's great victories at Fredericksburg and Chancellorsville. Part two (second five weeks), Union Restored, covers the Union victories at Gettysburg and Vicksburg to Lee's surrender at Appomattox, Reconstruction, and the Lost Cause narrative.  Lecture (plus Questions) 
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