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HIST312: Capitalism and Democracy in America

Unit 8: The American Civil War   One of the defining events in American history, the Civil War was a contest between the divergent strands of American political and economic thinking – the Hamiltonian vision, which argued for industrial growth and supported widespread enfranchisement, and the Jeffersonian vision, which proposed a racially stratified agrarian society where white men’s democratic rights came at the expense of African slavery.

Unit 8 Time Advisory
This unit should take you 6 hours to complete.

☐    Introduction: 1 hour

☐    Subunit 8.1: 2 hours

☐    Subunit 8.2: 1 hour

☐    Subunit 8.3: 2 hours

Unit8 Learning Outcomes
Upon succesful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  • Identify and define the economic causes of the American Civil War.
  • Identify the North and South’s divergent understandings of the United States Constitution as they related to Hamilton and Jefferson’s different visions of the United States’ political and economic future.

  • Reading: Wikibooks’ US History: “Civil War” Link: Wikibooks’ US History: Civil War” (PDF)
     
    Instructions: Please read the entirety of the website in order to get a sense of the caused, progress and consequences of the American Civil War.
     
    About the link: This online text was developed by Wikibooks as an open educational resource for use in undergraduate history courses.
     
    Terms of Use: The Wikibooks article above is released under a Creative Commons Attribution-Share-Alike License 3.0 (HTML).  You can find the original version of this article here (HTML).

8.1 Causes of the War   8.1.1 Slavery   - Lecture: iTunesU: Yale University, David Blight, The Civil War and Reconstruction Era, 1845-1877, Lecture 2, “Southern Society: Slavery, King Cotton, and Antebellum America’s ‘Peculiar’ Region” Link:  iTunesU: Yale University, David Blight, The Civil War and Reconstruction Era, 1845-1877, Lecture 2, “Southern Society: Slavery, King Cotton, and Antebellum America’s ‘Peculiar’ Region” (Youtube)

 Also available in:  
 [iTunes
U](http://deimos3.apple.com/WebObjects/Core.woa/Browse/yale.edu-dz.2821767545?i=1913560108)  

[mp3](http://openmedia.yale.edu/projects/media_viewer/video_viewer2.php?window_size=audio&type=mp3&title=HIST%20119%20-%20Lecture%202%20-%20Prof.%20David%20Blight&path=%2Fcourses%2Fspring08%2Fhist119%2Fmp3%2Fhist119_02_011708.mp3)  
 [Transcript (HTML)](http://oyc.yale.edu/transcript/543/hist-119)  
    
 Instructions: Please listen to Professor David Blight’s entire
55-minute lecture on Antebellum America.  
    
 About the link: This website hosts free lectures from the nation’s
top universities in a wide array of academic subjects.  

 Terms of Use: David Blight, The Civil War and Reconstruction Era,
1845-1877 (Yale University, Open Yale Courses),
<http://oyc.yale.edu> (Accessed March 2, 2011).  License: [Creative
Commons BY-NC-SA
3.0](http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/us/). The
original version can be found
[here](http://oyc.yale.edu/history/civil-war-and-reconstruction/content/sessions.html).

8.1.2 Divergent Understandings of the Constitution   - Lecture: iTunesU: Yale University, David Blight, The Civil War and Reconstruction Era, 1845-1877, Lecture 4, “A Northern World View: Yankee Society, Antislavery Ideology, and the Abolition Movement” Link:  iTunesU: Yale University, David Blight, The Civil War and Reconstruction Era, 1845-1877, Lecture 4, “A Northern World View: Yankee Society, Antislavery Ideology, and the Abolition Movement” (Youtube)

 Also available in:  
 [iTunes
U](http://deimos3.apple.com/WebObjects/Core.woa/Browse/yale.edu-dz.2821767555?i=1281458248)  

[Mp3](http://openmedia.yale.edu/projects/media_viewer/video_viewer2.php?window_size=audio&type=mp3&title=HIST%20119%20-%20Lecture%204%20-%20Prof.%20David%20Blight&path=%2Fcourses%2Fspring08%2Fhist119%2Fmp3%2Fhist119_04_012408.mp3)  
 [Transcript (HTML)](http://oyc.yale.edu/transcript/545/hist-119)  
    
 Instructions: Please listen to Professor David Blight’s entire
55-minute lecture to get a sense of northerners’ worldviews in
antebellum America.  

 Terms of Use: David Blight, The Civil War and Reconstruction Era,
1845-1877 (Yale University, Open Yale Courses),
<http://oyc.yale.edu> (Accessed March 2, 2011).  License: [Creative
Commons BY-NC-SA
3.0](http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/us/). The
original version can be found
[here](http://oyc.yale.edu/history/civil-war-and-reconstruction/content/sessions.html).

8.2 The Economics of Modern Warfare   - Lecture: iTunesU: Yale University, David Blight, The Civil War and Reconstruction Era, 1845-1877, Lecture 17, “Home fronts and Battlefronts: ‘Hard War’ and the Social Impact of the Civil War” Link:  iTunesU: Yale University, David Blight, The Civil War and Reconstruction Era, 1845-1877, Lecture 17, “Home fronts and Battlefronts: ‘Hard War’ and the Social Impact of the Civil War” (Youtube)

 Also available in:  
 [iTunes
U](http://deimos3.apple.com/WebObjects/Core.woa/Browse/yale.edu-dz.2821767620?i=1168022318)             

[Mp3](http://openmedia.yale.edu/projects/media_viewer/video_viewer2.php?window_size=audio&type=mp3&title=HIST%20119%20-%20Lecture%205%20-%20Prof.%20David%20Blight&path=%2Fcourses%2Fspring08%2Fhist119%2Fmp3%2Fhist119_05_012908.mp3)  
 [Transcript
(HTML)](http://oyc.yale.edu/history/civil-war-and-reconstruction/content/transcripts/transcript-5-telling-a-free-story-fugitive-slaves)  
    
 Instructions: Please listen to Professor David Blight’s entire
55-minute lecture to get a sense of the war’s impact on American
society.  
    
 Terms of Use: David Blight, The Civil War and Reconstruction Era,
1845-1877 (Yale University, Open Yale Courses),
<http://oyc.yale.edu> (Accessed March 2, 2011).  License: [Creative
Commons BY-NC-SA
3.0](http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/us/). The
original version can be found
[here](http://oyc.yale.edu/history/civil-war-and-reconstruction/content/sessions.html).

8.3 Reconstruction   - Reading: Wikibooks’ US History: “Reconstruction” Link: Wikibooks’ US History:Reconstruction” (PDF)
 
Instructions: Please read the entirety of the webpage in order to get a sense of the causes, progress, and consequences of the American Civil War.
 
About the link: This online text was developed by Wikibooks as an open educational resource for use in undergraduate history courses.
 
Terms of Use: The article above is released under a Creative Commons Attribution-Share-Alike License 3.0 (HTML).  You can find the original version of this article here (HTML).

  • Lecture: iTunesU: Yale University, David Blight, The Civil War and Reconstruction Era, 1845-1877, Lecture 24, “Retreat From Reconstruction” Link:  iTunesU: Yale University, David Blight, The Civil War and Reconstruction Era, 1845-1877, Lecture 24, “Retreat From Reconstruction” (Youtube)

    Also available in: 
    iTunes U

    Mp3
    Transcript (HTML)
     
    Instructions: Please listen to Professor David Blight’s entire 55-minute lecture on the war’s impact on American society.
     
    Terms of Use: David Blight, The Civil War and Reconstruction Era, 1845-1877 (Yale University, Open Yale Courses), http://oyc.yale.edu (Accessed November 11, 2010).  License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 3.0. The original version can be found here.