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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