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4. Abraham Lincoln's Ideas for Reconstruction
About this Lecture
In this module, we will explore Lincoln's ideas regarding the issue of Reconstruction. We will explore the following areas: (i) why did Reconstruction become such a big issue during the Civil War; (ii) the varying opinion within the North about Reconstruction; (iii) Abraham Lincoln's views about Reconstruction and how they changed throughout the war.
In this course, Professor Paul Escott (Wake Forest University) examines the American Civil War and addresses some of the popular myths that have developed about the war and whether they hold true to the historical record. In the first module, we examine the question of why the North went to war. After this, we explore the myths surrounding emancipation. We will then turn to examine Lincoln's involvement in the various proposals throughout the war for the colonisation of African Americans. After this, we look at Lincoln's views on reconstruction. And finally, we turn to examine the Confederate experience during the War.
Professor Paul Escott is Reynolds Professor (Emeritus) of History at Wake Forest University. He specialises in United States Civil War history and has published a number of books within this field, including Lincoln’s Dilemma: Blair, Sumner, and the Republican Struggle over Racism and Equality in the Civil War Era which aimed to challenge some of the myths that popular culture has built up about the Civil War Era.
Cite this Lecture
Escott, P. (2022, January 19). US History – Government Policies During the Civil War, 1861-65 - Abraham Lincoln's Ideas for Reconstruction [Video]. MASSOLIT. https://massolit.io/courses/us-history-government-policies-during-the-civil-war-1861-65/abraham-lincoln-s-ideas-for-reconstruction
Escott, P. "US History – Government Policies During the Civil War, 1861-65 – Abraham Lincoln's Ideas for Reconstruction." MASSOLIT, uploaded by MASSOLIT, 19 Jan 2022, https://massolit.io/courses/us-history-government-policies-during-the-civil-war-1861-65/abraham-lincoln-s-ideas-for-reconstruction