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    Jul 30, 2017
    | Would highly recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    I highly recommend this course! Jack taught in a way that personalized every detail and event, and kept every student engaged in a way that no other professor had ever engaged a student before.

    Course highlights:

    From the beginning of the Colonial Era to the American Civil War, every section is taught as though the professor himself walked through the events themselves! The most engaging section of the class was the Civil War section, during which Jack helped us to understand why the war was fought, why slavery was an economic need in the Southern states, how many Southern states were set to abolish slavery following the war, and how Generals Robert E Lee and "Stonewall" Jackson were both against slavery. We also learned that the Northern states' motivations were not as noble as history seems to show, including the fact that Lincoln's actions during the war, including the Emancipation Proclamation, were all little more than political moves to secure Lincoln the White House for another four years, and that the Emancipation itself did very little to actually end slavery, as it forbade only slavery in the southern states, where Lincoln could not enforce the laws.

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    6-8 hours

    Advice for students:

    The best way to pass this course it to approach it with an open mind. Jack will show students a different side of history than they have ever seen, and will test students as such. Readings and taking copious notes are an absolute requirement. Students must rely on the teachings more than they rely on previous knowledge, as many of the myths of modern history instruction will be debunked on a daily basis. Also, enjoy the ride! This was one of the most informative classes I'd ever taken, and also one of the most interesting! Presented with gory details, realistic ideals, and an endless sense of humor, this will be the one history class that everyone will be talking about!

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