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Lecture 13 - Terrible Swift Sword: The Period of Confederate Ascendency, 1861-1862

Lecture 13 - Terrible Swift Sword: The Period of Confederate Ascendency, 1861-1862

This video was recorded at HIST 119 - The Civil War and Reconstruction Era, 1845-1877. Professor Blight discusses the expectations, advantages, and disadvantages with which North and South entered the Civil War. Both sides, he argues, expected and desired a short, contained conflict. The northern advantages enumerated in this lecture include industrial capability, governmental stability, and a strong navy. Confederate advantages included geography and the ability to fight a defensive war. Professor Blight concludes the lecture with the Battle of Bull Run, the first major engagement of the war. Reading assignment: William Gienapp, Civil War and Reconstruction: A Documentary Collection, part 2, pp. 71-106 Michael P. Johnson, Abraham Lincoln, Slavery, and the Civil War, parts 5-6, pp. 137-173 Louisa May Alcott, Hospital Sketches

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