Jennie Towan (5155 5913)

Purpose of Course:

Our group has been running some 10 years, and we've covered a lot of history in that time, from Ancient Greece & Rome through to the present day. Originally we concentrated on Australian History, including our own region, both original Australian and European immigration. Eventually we widened our horizons and began looking at online course availability. Yale University offers a number of free online History courses & over the years we have sat in on lectures given by highly regarded historians in a number of different eras.

We began a new course in Term 1 2018:
The Civil War & Reconstruction Era 1845-1877
Professor David W. Blight

This course explores the causes, course, and consequences of the American Civil War, from the 1840s to 1877. The primary goal of the course is to understand the multiple meanings of a transforming event in American history. Those meanings may be defined in many ways: national, sectional, racial, constitutional, individual, social, intellectual, or moral. Four broad themes are closely examined: the crisis of union and disunion in an expanding republic; slavery, race, and emancipation as national problem, personal experience, and social process; the experience of modern, total war for individuals and society; and the political and social challenges of Reconstruction.

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