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About this Lecture
In this module, we will explore how emancipation was achieved during the Civil War. We will examine the following areas: (i) Lincoln's initial objectives in the Civil War; (ii) the North's poor performance in the war; (iii) the Radical Republican arguments; and (iv) the changing attitudes of the North towards emancipation.
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 - Emancipation [Video]. MASSOLIT. https://massolit.io/courses/us-history-government-policies-during-the-civil-war-1861-65/emancipation-2d0e9cae-e986-4eb6-b302-f6b37def8422
Escott, P. "US History – Government Policies During the Civil War, 1861-65 – Emancipation." MASSOLIT, uploaded by MASSOLIT, 19 Jan 2022, https://massolit.io/courses/us-history-government-policies-during-the-civil-war-1861-65/emancipation-2d0e9cae-e986-4eb6-b302-f6b37def8422