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Course SummaryLearn more about the Civil War and Reconstruction period while earning a certificate at the same time with this fun course. By watching our short video lessons and taking our multiple-choice quizzes, you'll earn a certificate you can use to strengthen your resume or online job profile.
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About This Course
Entertaining video lessons taught by experienced subject-matter experts can guide you toward earning a Civil War and Reconstruction Certificate in as little as two weeks. You can explore the war's causes and visit some of the major battles on the road to General Grant taking charge and bringing the war to a close.
Who's This For?
Teachers, historians, authors, museum employees, and even parents of students who will be studying the Civil War might be interested in taking this course. In addition, individuals with ancestors who fought in the war may have an interest in digging deeper.
This course has no set prerequisites. You can get started studying the Civil War and the Reconstruction period right away.
Benefits of the Certificate
You might consider using your certificate in a number of ways:
- Use your knowledge to offer added insights about the Civil War to your students or children
- Add this course to your resume
- Demonstrate your mastery of Civil War history and your commitment to continuing education
The Civil War and Reconstruction Certificate Program Breakdown
Life in 19th Century America
Learn about America's political, religious and personal identity during the early part of this century. Find out about the characteristics and opposition of slavery.
Rising Tension Over Slavery
Explore the sectional tensions that started to rise and the important individuals who worked toward ending slavery. Study the Supreme Court case that took away black Americans' citizenship.
The Political Situation in 1860
In this chapter, you can observe the birth of the Republican Party and learn about its platform. Meet Abraham Lincoln and follow his successes and failures, ending with his assassination.
The Civil War Unfolds: 1861
Trace the timeline and reasons behind the secession of the Southern States and creation of the Confederacy. Explore the weaknesses and strengths of the Confederacy and the Union as the war begins.
The War in 1862
Delve into the major battles of the war and observe the effects on the generals of both sides. Also, learn about the reactions of several foreign nations to the war.
The War Continues: 1863
Hear about the disturbing statistics regarding casualties and the roles played by women and African American during the Civil War. Revisit the story of the legendary battle that turned the tide of the war.
The Tide of War Shifts: 1864
Study the major campaigns, sieges and battles during this year. You can also learn about the events that helped Lincoln secure re-election in this chapter.
Conclusion of the Civil War: 1865
The last days of the war are revealed, and you can see the actions of the generals as it comes to a close. Review President Lincoln's assassination and the other human, cultural and economic costs of the Civil War.
Reconstruction After the Civil War
President Lincoln had devised a plan for restoration, and you can observe President Andrew Johnson's attempts to continue that plan. Learn about the Reconstruction Amendments, President Johnson's impeachment and reconstruction efforts that ended with the Compromise of 1877.
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