Tuesday, May 27, 2014

The Civil War: From the Origins through Reconstruction

On Saturday June 14, 2014, The Dallas Morning News will present a three-hour lecture "The Civil War: From the Origins through Reconstruction" by Professor Louis Masur from Rutgers University.
The program will take place at the Scottish Rite Library and Museum in downtown Dallas from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

One Hundred and Fifty Years after the first shots were fired, the Civil War still captures the American imagination, and its reverberations can still be felt throughout our social and civil landscape. This subject, taught by renowned expert, Louis Masur, is the most profound event in American history. Professor Masur's lectures on Lincoln this year were among the most popular taught at One Day U. This class will begin with the Revolutionary Era and consider how the questions of states rights and federal power, slavery and freedom, collided for decades before culminating in secession and war. We'll then move to an overview of the war and analyze how it changed over time, from a war to preserve the union to a war to abolish slavery, and from a limited war meant to compel the Confederate states back into the nation to a violent, deadly contest that took more than 650,000 lives. Finally, the class will discuss the problems of reconstruction, an issue that Lincoln first considered during the war. Putting the nation back together would not be easy, and we continue to live with the results of those efforts more than a century later. Professor Louis Masur is Distinguished Professor of American Studies and History at Rutgers University. He received outstanding teaching awards from Trinity College and the City College of New York, and won the Clive Prize for Excellence in Teaching from Harvard University. His books include Lincoln's Hundred Days: The Emancipation Proclamation and the War for the Union (2012) and The Civil War: A Concise History (2011).
Professor Masur is a Distinguished Professor of American Studies and History at Rutgers University. He received outstanding teaching awards from Trinity College and the City College of New York, and won the Clive Prize for Excellence in Teaching from Harvard University. See Professor Masur's information on Rutgers University website.

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