OpenUW: A series of free courses presented by UW Educational Outreach
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 Introduction
Introduction
 Part 1
Part One: Prelude to the War
 Part 2
Part Two: The War Begins
 Part 3
Part Three: The Course of the War
 Part 4
Part Four: Reconstruction
 Conclusion
Conclusion
The American Civil War*

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The American Civil War

Introduction

The American Civil War began as a war to restore the Union and leave the internal institutions of the South otherwise intact. In less than two years the war was transformed into a struggle not only for union but for liberty as well--the liberty of four million Southern slaves. Both objectives were accomplished during the war, but the issue of racial equality was imperfectly and incompletely addressed during the Reconstruction period that followed.

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What You'll Learn

By the end of this OpenUW course, you will be able to discuss:

  • the social and economic factors that contributed to great differences between the North and the South;
  • the debate over slavery in the Western territories, and why debate tended to focus on the territories;
  • the causes of the popular crisis of confidence in the political system and how it contributed to the coming of the Civil War;
  • the Union and Confederate military strategy;
  • the transformation of Northern war aims;
  • the two major policy problems facing the federal government in the immediate aftermath of the Civil War;
  • the ascendancy of Republican radicalism until 1872 and its rapid collapse thereafter.
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