Columbia University’s Dewitt Clinton Professor of History Eric Foner has a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) covering the Civil War and Reconstruction. Professor Foner is not only an outstanding historian, but he’s also an outstanding lecturer. Those who are looking for a great way to start studying the Civil War, or who are still in the beginning stages, will find this a most profitable way to spend your time in terms of the organization of information and the learning you’ll do.
Here’s the first part of the course. There are 71 videos, most of them around 10 to 11 minutes long.
That’s followed by a “Hanging Out” session with Professor Foner taking questions.
There’s a conversation differentiating between slave societies and societies with slaves.
There’s a conversation on whether the Antebellum South was capitalist:
And a conversation about Karl Rove and Professor Foner’s books:
This is why he started the course with the Mexican War:
Next is a conversation on the agency of enslaved people:
And a discussion on the Lincoln-Douglas Debates:
As well as a discussion about John Brown:
And finally, a discussion about economic elites and political power:
There are also a couple of discussion sessions between Professor Foner and his teaching assistants:
Here’s Professor Foner giving the conclusion of the first part of the MOOC.
Thanks to Pat Young for the video conversations and discussions.