For interpreters at Civil War sites, obtaining a solid understanding of the war’s causes is vital to creating accurate presentations for the public. This course focuses on political and social issues that revolved around the topic of slavery from the 1840s through the 1860s. Not only will this course recount major events in the decades preceding the war, it will provide you with links to primary and secondary sources and interpretive tips that will help you create public programs about the war.
The course is divided into seven sections. They include:
- Interpreting the Civil War
- The Long Road to War- 1840s
- Compromises and Concessions- 1850s
- An Ever Widening Gulf- 1850s
- Election and Destruction
- The Lost Cause
Recommended Prerequisite: Successfully completing the free Foundations of Interpretation course provides essential background information for this course.
Length: 2 hours
Credit: A certificate of completion may be earned by successfully completing the objective assessment at the end of the course.
Continuing Education Units (CEUs): For a minimal fee, CEUs are offered upon the completion of this course. They will be provided to you after you receive an 80% or higher on the course assessment.
Cost: Registration for this course is free.
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