Course Description

IN PERSON: Did the Civil War in America — the most divisive in our short history — ultimately prove to serve as a culturally bonding phenomenon? From the post-war period to modern times, the leadership and supportive participants together made us a different and stronger nation. This course will cite those who made an impact on the atmosphere of war, as well as the bravery and determination of those leaders who committed themselves to their cause. The course will address the personalities, roles and leadership of both Union and Confederate participants in all phases of the Civil War, including the political, social and military leaders. We will look not just at Lincoln and Grant or Davis and Lee, but also at those whose supportive efforts brought the war to the conclusion recorded by history. The course will feature guest speakers, Civil War documentary videos and an optional class trip to the site of Johnston's surrender to Sherman: Bennett Place in West Durham. | Lecture + Q&A, Facilitated discussion.

Max enrollment: 30.

Location: Judea Reform Congregation, 1933 W. Cornwallis Rd, Durham NC 27705

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Section Title
The Civil War: Heroes of a Divided Culture
Classroom - In Person
1:30PM to 3:00PM
Jan 29, 2024 to Apr 01, 2024
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Please note: Th instructor may plan an optional trip to Appomattox, Virginia, to visit the location of the surrender of Lee to Grant. This will be discussed in the first class.

Required reading:
Geoffrey C. Ward and Ric Burns and Ken Burns, "The Civil War" (9780679742777)

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