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One of the most divisive and important events in American history, the Civil War (also called the War Between the States) pitted countrymen against countrymen in the new and developing republic of the United States of America. Among the many issues at stake were the role of central government, state's rights, slavery, and the fate of the Union itself, which had borne our fledgling nation through the American Revolutionary war and the War of 1812.
Grim, brutal, and utterly personal, the Civil War claimed more American lives than any other war fought before or since the founding of the United States. No other war contains such philosophical and emotional impact, since the issues and concerns that were on the hearts and minds of the politicians, statesmen, combatants, and ordinary citizens of the late nineteenth century can still be seen in evidence even in modern times. No modern politician can ignore or discount the attitudes and mindsets the were forged in the Civil War and expect a measure of success--for many of those attitudes for both the North and the South still thrive in American society, culture, and debate.
This course attempts to briefly summarize and present the major events and battles related to the War Between the States in chronological order. In addition, this course will set forth the major political issues and philosophies that set the stage for the Civil War, sustained the conflict, and continue to linger on to this day in the hearts and minds of most Americans. Finally, a list of the major figures related to the Civil War will be presented to highlight each notable person's contributions to the struggle itself and to the overall development of our nation.
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By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
- Summarize the major events and battles related to the American Civil War.
- Identify the major political issues and philosophies that set the stage for the Civil War.
- Describe the major issues that still exist today as a result of the Civil War.
- Identify and describe the major figures of the Civil War, and
- Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.
Lesson 1: Civil War Terminology & Course StructureThis introductory lesson will equip students with tools that will make learning about the Civil War more effective. We will go over topics such as civil war terminology, technology, battle names, strategies, and outcomes.
Lesson 2: Setting The Stage: America's Path to Civil WarIn this lesson we will go over the actual causes of the Civil War: such as the controversies surrounding Federalism and states rights, debates over expansionism, effects of modernization, the status of the economy, the feelings of sectionalism, and 'of co
Lesson 3: The War BeginsThe war begins and both side finalize their divisions by appointing a president, forming an army, and fighting the first battle.
Lesson 4: The War Goes WestEarly battle successes for the Confederacy as the initial battles in 1861 over control over the state of Missouri. Battle of Wilson' Creek, Battle of Hemp Bale, Battle of Ball's Bluff and many other battles that took place during this first year will be c
Lesson 5: 1862- Escalation of BattlesThe strategies that required control of the border states continues into 1862. This lesson will review the major and bloody battles of this year, such as the capture of Ft. Henry, Ft. Donelsone, Battle of Pea Ridge (Elkhorn Tavern), Battle of Shiloh (Pitt
Lesson 6: Battles of 1862 ContinuedThe Battles continue into 1862 and the remarkable strategies of Confederate General Robert E. Lee shape the outcomes of many bloody battles. Battles of Bull Run (Manassas), Battle of Harpers Ferry, Battle of Antietam ( Sharpsburg), Battle of Fredericksbur
Lesson 7: The Decisive Battles of 1863-64: Battle of ChancellorsvilleThere were many, many battles fought in the next two years of the War Between the States. Of those battles, three are the most prominent and decisive: Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, and Vicksburg. The Battle of Chancellorsville will encompass this lesson.
Lesson 8: The Decisive Battles of 1863-64: Battle of GettysburgThere were many, many battles fought in the next two years of the War Between the States. Of those battles, three are the most prominent and decisive: Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, and Vicksburg. The Battle of Gettysburg will encompass this lesson.
Lesson 9: The Decisive Battles of 1863-64: Battle of VicksburgThere were many, many battles fought in the next two years of the War Between the States. Of those battles, three are the most prominent and decisive: Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, and Vicksburg. The Battle of Vicksburg will encompass this lesson.
Lesson 10: The End of the WarThe War between the States comes to a close in 1865 with the final battle was the Battle of Appomattox Courthouse in Virginia. This lesson will also describe the solemn surrender of General Robert E. Lee to Ulysses Grant, the abrupt assassination of Presi
Lesson 11: Notable Figures of the American Civil WarNotable people in the Union and the Confederacy
Summary of the Civil WarA count of war casualties, additional resources, and a final review exam
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Earn a final grade of 70% or higher to receive a CEU Certificate documenting CEUs earned
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Basic Course: $35.00 (no CEU Certificate)
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Whether you're a history buff or a student seeking history review or new information, this online course will present:
the many causes that led up to this war
the strategies and major battles of 1861
the strategies and major battles of 1862
the turning point battles that shaped the outcome of the war in 1863-1864
the final battle, surrender, and aftermath of this war
several noteworthy individuals during this war
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