The Civil War and Reconstruction OpenCourseWare: MIT's Free Bachelor Level American History Course on the Civil War

Published Feb 15, 2009

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'The Civil War and Reconstruction' focuses on the causes and consequences of the Civil War, as well as the major events of the war. This undergraduate-level OpenCourseWare is offered free of charge by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Any student interested in History, Sociology or Political Science will benefit from taking this class.

The Civil War and Reconstruction: Course Specifics

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The Civil War and Reconstruction: Course Description

Topics covered in 'The Civil War and Reconstruction' OpenCourseWare include the causes of the Civil War, military tactics and technology, railroads and telegraphs and the war's influence on later American history. This free OpenCourseWare from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology is taught by Professor Merritt Roe Smith. While this course touches on the long term effects of the war, it will mainly cover the years of the war itself. Students will have the opportunity to study period pieces of literature that will help them understand the political, social and economic climate of the era. This undergraduate-level course is intended for any student looking to learn more about American history.

This free History course includes lecture notes, assignments, recommended readings and two sample quizzes. To learn more, visit the Civil War course page.

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