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HIST 3432 The American Civil War and Reconstruction

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    Feb 23, 2017
    | Would recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    I took this course online through Edx about two years ago, and was instantly captivated. Professor Foner took an in depth and expansive view of his subject. Remarkably wonderful lectures and spectacular reading list (this may not be the course for you if you don't want to read a tome every week though. I personally love that, but I did warn you). A great selection of historical materials were provided including scans of original documents. I have only one complaint: though there were quizzes and exams, there were no writing assignments and the discussion questions felt uninspired. These are a great way to learn about and develop your ideas about subjects like history. The online courses were updated recently, so that might have changed.

    Course highlights:

    The course (or actually series of courses) has many distinguishing features from other courses of this type. My favorites were that the decades leading up to the war were covered in great detail, reveling the long history of political intrigue which helped start it; and the attention payed to reconstruction, a commonly neglected but very important part of US history.

    Hours per week:

    6-8 hours

    Advice for students:

    Read. Read. Read. This is the largest part of the workload, and the most crucial. Try to spread out the lectures over a week and don't be afraid to read the transcripts after. Foner packs a lot of information into a short amount of time. Engage in the discussion boards once a week.

    • Winter 2017
    • Eric Foner
    • Great Intro to the Subject Always Do the Reading
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    Apr 12, 2016
    | Would highly recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    In this class you are getting access to and lectures from the world authority on Reconstruction. Foner is a renowned scholar and phenomenal lecturer. The material is also fascinating and essential for anyone interested in American history.

    Course highlights:

    When you get to Reconstruction Foner really hits his stride. It is his specialty and it shows. He is also great about assigning primary source material.

    Hours per week:

    3-5 hours

    Advice for students:

    It is pretty simple. Show up to class and do the readings. This is not a class you want to skip lectures for. And the readings are interesting.

    • Spring 2010
    • Eric Foner
    • Yes
    • Great Intro to the Subject Always Do the Reading A Few Big Assignments

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