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Brother Against Brother: History of the US Civil War

This 5 session course covers the US Civil War, what led up to it, how the war went, key leaders, and the consequences of the war.
Joe Willmore
242 total reviews for this teacher
16 reviews for this class
Completed by 67 learners
year old learners
US Grade Level
learners per class


Charged upfront
$16 per class
Meets 5x per week
Over 1 week
55 minutes per class

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Class Experience

Students will learn the following:
1.  What events led up to the US Civil War?
2.  What were the key battles and why did they matter?
3.  What was the Emancipation Proclamation, what did it do, and why did it matter?
4.  Who where the key leaders during the war?
5.  What were the consequences of the war for the United States?
I've previously taught Civil War classes for Outschool.  I was a senior trainer for National Park Service executives on the Civil War.  I've worked as a docent for two Civil War battlefields.  I've personally visited over 30 Civil War battlefields in both the Eastern and Western US.
Learners will be given a quick assignment at the end of sessions #1, #2, #3, and #4.  This will usually involve finding a specific location (like Vicksburg or Murfreesboro) on a map.
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
Questions during class, in-class discussion, and brief knowledge checks during each session.
4 hours 35 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 1 - 2 hours per week outside of class.
This involves a bloody and violent war.  There will be pictures of some dead bodies, of Andersonville Prison survivors.  These photos may be triggering to some individuals. 
For anyone interested in getting a good understanding of the Civil War, any book (nonfiction) by Stephen Sears or Bruce Catton is excellent--very readable and in-depth.  On the fiction side, any book by Ralph Peters will be outstanding and also McKinley Kantor.  Probably the most popular Civil War fiction book is "The Killer Angles" by Michael Shaara (which is different from the series of books by his son).


Joe Willmore
Lives in the United States
Former University Professor, Consultant, and Author
242 total reviews
283 completed classes

About Me

I was an instructor at George Mason University, University of Massachusetts, and University of Virginia.  I've coached High School Debate (we finished 2nd in the country at NFL).  I've coached youth soccer (including multiple all-star teams). ... 
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