The Civil War and Reconstruction (Premium Course)


The Civil War and Reconstruction

Professor Louis P. Masur / Rutgers University – $89 for the 3 class series.


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The three classes are each 90 minutes and presented live from 10:30am – Noon ET

Sunday, January 17: The Coming of the Civil War

Sunday, January 24: The War Years, 1861-1865

Sunday, January 31: The Era of Reconstruction


Each week Professor Masur will provide links to suggested readings and will hold virtual office hours for those who would like to delve even more deeply into the issues.

A link for viewing will be sent to you 1-2 days before the first class.

The Civil War and Reconstruction

In 1873, Mark Twain and Charles Dudley Warner, in their novel The Gilded Age, provided an epitaph for the era that we shall probe in depth. They maintained that the Civil War and its immediate aftermath “uprooted institutions that were centuries old, changed the politics of a people, transformed the social life of half the country, and wrought so profoundly upon the entire national character that the influence cannot be measured short of two or three generations.”

In this three-part course, we will examine the coming of the war, the four years of conflict that forever transformed the United States, and the struggle to reconstruct the nation in the decade following Appomattox. Our focus will be primarily on the political, social, and cultural history of the era, though we will also address significant issues in military history. That we will be studying this period during the sesquicentennial of Reconstruction and at a moment in history when issues of Confederate monuments and racial violence are at the forefront provides additional opportunities to think about how the past is treated today and the ways in which the Civil War continues to resonate.

About the Professor: Civil War and Reconstruction

Louis P. Masur is the author of many books, including The Sum of Our Dreams: A Concise History of America. Most recently his work The Civil War: A Concise History was published in Oxford’s prestigious Very Short Introduction series. During the sesquicentennial, he was a frequent contributor to the New York Times blog on Disunion: The Civil War. His website is


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