Yale Alumni College - Spring 2015 Washington DC

"AAUW"- Washington DC
"An Introduction to the Civil War Era"
Tuesdays, March 3rd - April 7th, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Professor Brian Matthew Jordan - Click here for Professor's Bio.

So much of what we know about the American Civil War has been draped in a romantic veneer.  Over the course of six weeks, we will explore the “interior history” of our nation's fratricidal conflict.  We’ll consider the cause, course, and consequences of the war—blending military, social, cultural, and political history.  We’ll consider how much was at stake, how much was lost, the issues that the war settled, and the ones it didn’t.  We'll pose some challenging questions: why was the Civil War so deadly and destructive?  Was the Civil War an irrepressible conflict or an unnecessary tragedy?  Did the Confederacy collapse from within? Why did the North win? And just how did men endure the chaos of battle? No prior knowledge of the Civil War is required; even those who think that they know the war are in for some surprises. Your professor, who earned his Ph.D. at Yale, is a renowned lecturer and the author of Marching Home: Union Veterans and Their Unending Civil War.