HIST 119: The Civil War and Reconstruction Era, 1845-1877

HIST 119: The Civil War and Reconstruction Era, 1845-1877

Published by: Open Yale Courses - David Blight
27 Episodes | First Released: Aug 18 '17
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Junebugg64
Nov 24 '18
Rating:   10
Simply incredible

I have listened to professor Bright’s lecture many times over the past few years and are quite simply incredible. His insight, thorough knowledge of the war and it’s aftermath is amazing. I have been at times been left in tears. Dr. Goes often into information beyond the scope of a normal history lesson which I especially enjoy.

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MustBTrouble
May 5 '18
Rating:   10
Required listening for all americans

Especially southerners.

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Thaddeus Stevens
Jan 12 '18
Rating:   10
Thaddeus Stevens’ Boot

This is an excellent lecture series, and I am very grateful that Prof Blight and Yale offered it to the public. Thank you all. Prof Blight’s use of literature- the poetry, novels, letters- made the lectures especially rewarding.

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Zendude2664
Nov 25 '17
Rating:   10
Things Everyone Should Learn

Timely as ever. Super lecture series. They are professionally produced & Prof Blight is a pleasure to listen to. And to Mr Filmore: Save the liberal academia shtick & stick w Fox & Bill for your ‘history’ since the ‘bias’ hurts your little head.

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awfielder
Nov 25 '17
Rating:   10
David Blight Civil war lectures

Makes history come alive in a way Ken Burns could only dream of. The best. Ever.

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therealtamishow
Nov 14 '17
Rating:   10
Refreshingly real. Dr. Blight's charmingly cynical bent is awesome.

If this is your first foray into the Civil War, welcome virgin! Civil War scholars can often seem extreme in their tactfulness. The Great Professor Foner, while radical in thought, is as gentle as a Kindergarten teacher. (In the best way imaginable.) Dr. Foner has no rough edges. Prof. Blight is all edge, and it's a beautiful thing. He crosses gallows humor with a sometimes childlike glee, and best of all, he makes it work. I think this class is entertaining enough for novices - (although my perspective on that is at least slightly suspect at this point) - but what I loved most was the buffet of new areas laid out to explore beyond the class.

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ocajwm
Nov 14 '17
Rating:   10
A myth-busting tour de force

This captivating, compulsively listenable series will leave you stunned.

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Milard Fillmore
Nov 2 '17
Rating:   10
Great History / Blight's Personal Comments

I am an avid reader of Civil War history and I found a lot of new material presented by Prof. Blight. He is very knowledgable and informative. The only negative was his occasional personal political commentary, which detracts from an objective presentation otherwise. He also fails to inform the audience that the great immigration of Catholics during this period caused legitimate concerns, instead he laughs at the thought with the uninformed students. People back then were not stupid. The country was largely Protestant and had immigrated and settled the United States in part due to the violence and destruction caused by the religious wars in Europe and, most recently, the cause of the great British Civil War between Catholics and Protestants. Was that not a cause for concern that those historical animosities might migtrate to the US and create division and violence here? He also notes the "horribble Supreme Court decision" in 2000 regarding Bush vs Gore, which has nothing at all to do with the course, but it is again the seeping into the lecture of a bias not supported by analysis. I, for one, think the Supreme Court decided correctly as did the majority of legal scholars. Except the liberal Justices could not bring themselves to do the right thing and instead decided to support "their party's" nominee. Other than the political bias, which is endemic in acadamia, this is a first rate history lesson.

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murphgirl.
Oct 16 '17
Rating:   10
Take a class at Yale.

This is pretty great. A commuter like me or you take a Yale history class in 27 episodes. David Blight has a great voice and delivers lectures rich with detail. The Civil war is fertile ground for endless examination and this course will enhance your understanding of this epic American tragedy.

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