A student at the University of Virginia recently wrote in the college newspaper that the "Civil War" was fought over the "moral issue of slavery." Most Americans have been taught this from the time they entered kindergarten (a Northern creation by a Lincoln supporting German revolutionary). The modern academy doesn't help matters. They perpetuate the narrative with several leading "Civil War" historians openly calling for the "contextualization" of the War to fit a politically correct agenda. But does this narrative seem a bit too simplistic to you? Perhaps even blatantly wrong? You aren't alone. It seems, however, that very few "academics" have the gumption to challenge the historical establishment. I do.
If you want "Righteous Cause Mythology," this course isn't for you. If you seek a "Civil War" course that supports the positions of cultural Marxists like Eric Foner, you need to move along. But if you want a course on "The War for Southern Independence" that contains a critical evaluation of both the North and the South along with the longstanding and immediate causes that led to the bloodiest war in American history, you're in the right place.
Lincoln won't be worshiped. The War won't be reduced to a dark corner of "race and slavery." And the South will be given a fair shake.
This is a college level course for a fraction of the price with 25 commute length lectures totaling around 12 hours, nearly 200 pages of lecture notes, and a substantial recommended reading list. You won't be disappointed.
Brion McClanahan holds a Ph.D in American History from the University of South Carolina. He is the author or co-author of six books, including the #1 Amazon best selling 9 Presidents Who Screwed Up America and How Alexander Hamilton Screwed Up America.