Here’s the second part of the course. This section has 56 videos, again most of them around 10 to 11 minutes long.
Professor Foner is most definitely not a military historian, and this section, which supposedly covers the war, is notable for the paucity of discussion of battles and military factors of the war. If you’re looking to be able to have a framework for understanding the battles, strategy, and tactics, you’re not going to get that from this section; however, you’ll get a good overview of the political factors affecting the war.
You can see this section’s hangout with Professor Foner answering questions here:
He talks about the question of whether Lincoln was a dictator here:
He discusses whether Lincoln was the greatest politician here:
In this conversation he talks about the coming of Emancipation:
Here he talks about Lincoln and the Radicals, as well as politics in the confederacy:
This conversation deals with what the Republicans did as the majority in Congress:
Here he talks about riots in both the loyal states and the confederacy:
This is a conversation about the structural transformation that led to the end of slavery:
In this conversation, Professor Foner talks about what he learned in researching and writing about Lincoln:
He has a session with his teaching assistants discussing black enlistment here:
There’s a conversation with Professor Foner on how the Civil War is taught in schools:
Professor Foner has a message for teachers here: