Material Detail

Lecture 18 - "War So Terrible": Why the Union Won and the Confederacy Lost at Home and Abroad

Lecture 18 - "War So Terrible": Why the Union Won and the Confederacy Lost at Home and Abroad

This video was recorded at HIST 119 - The Civil War and Reconstruction Era, 1845-1877. This lecture probes the reasons for confederate defeat and union victory. Professor Blight begins with an elucidation of the loss-of-will thesis, which suggests that it was a lack of conviction on the home front that assured confederate defeat, before offering another of other popular explanations for northern victory: industrial capacity, political leadership, military leadership, international diplomacy, a pre-existing political culture, and emancipation. Blight warns, however, that we cannot forget the battlefield, and, to this end, concludes his lecture with a discussion of the decisive Union victories at Gettysburg and Vicksburg in July of 1863. Reading assignment: Drew G. Faust, Mothers of Invention: Women of the Slaveholding South in the American Civil War Gary Gallagher, The Confederate War: How Popular Will, Nationalism, and Military Strategy Could Not Stave Off Defeat

Quality

  • Editor Reviews
  • User Rating
  • Comments
  • Learning Exercises
  • Bookmark Collections
  • Course ePortfolios
  • Accessibility Info

More about this material

Browse...

Disciplines with similar materials as Lecture 18 - "War So Terrible": Why the Union Won and the Confederacy Lost at Home and Abroad

Comments

Log in to participate in the discussions or sign up if you are not already a MERLOT member.