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E-Seminars in This Series

E-Seminar 1
The Origins of Slavery in the New World


E-Seminar 2
The Struggle for Freedom


E-Seminar 3
The Old South


E-Seminar 5
The Civil War


E-Seminar 6
The Meaning of Freedom


E-Seminar 7
Radical Reconstruction


E-Seminar 8
Retreat from Reconstruction


Slavery and Emancipation
A Series of Eight E-Seminars


 
Slavery and Emancipation
E-Seminar 4, Abolitionism and Antislavery

Taught by: Eric Foner

Description
E-Seminar Description
In Abolitionism and Antislavery, the fourth e-seminar of the series Slavery and Emancipation, Eric Foner describes how in the nineteenth century the issue of slavery came to occupy a central place in American political life and a central role in the disruption of the Union. He describes the development of a militant abolitionist movement that by the 1830s had destroyed the conspiracy of silence about slavery. Professor Foner explains how the territorial growth of the United States during the 1840s and 1850s led to heated debates over the expansion of slavery. The nation's politics became polarized along North-South lines and, finally, after the election of Abraham Lincoln, seven slave states seceded from the Union, leading inexorably to civil war. Through state-of-the art digital technology, streaming video of Professor Foner's lecture is combined with text, images, audio slide shows, interactive maps, primary documents, and a discussion board.

E-Seminar Length:3-5 hours
Start Date:Anytime
Credits:Not-for-Credit
Prerequisites:None
Moderator:None
Columbia Students, Faculty, Staff, and Alumni:FREE

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E-Seminar Objectives | Outline | Instructor's Background | Recommended Reading | Technical Requirements

E-Seminar Objectives
•    Explain how the abolitionist movement that arose in the late 1820s and 1830s differed in outlook and tactics from previous expressions of antislavery sentiment.

•    Describe the roles of women and African Americans in the abolitionist movement.

•    Discuss why and when debates over slavery came to focus on the institution's expansion into the Western territories.

•    Explain why the election of Abraham Lincoln provoked seven slave states to secede from the Union.


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Outline
1. Introduction
2. The Rise of Abolition
3. The Abolitionist Outlook
4. The Expansion Issue
5. The Road to War
6. Conclusion

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Instructor's Background
Instructor's Background
Eric Foner, DeWitt Clinton Professor of History at Columbia University, received his Ph.D. in American history at Columbia under the supervision of Richard Hofstadter. His publications have concentrated on the intersections of intellectual, political, and social history and the history of American race relations. Among his books are Free Soil, Free Labor, Free Men: The Ideology of the Republican Party before the Civil War (1970, 1971, 1995); Tom Paine and Revolutionary America (1976); Politics and Ideology in the Age of the Civil War (1980); Nothing but Freedom: Emancipation and Its Legacy (1983), and Reconstruction: America's Unfinished Revolution, 1863–1877 (1988, 2002), winner of the Bancroft Prize, Parkman Prize, Avery O. Craven Prize, Owsley Award, Lionel Trilling Prize, and the Los Angeles Times Book Award. With John A. Garraty, he edited The Reader's Companion to American History (1991). His most recent books are The Story of American Freedom (1998) and Who Owns History: Rethinking the Past in a Changing World (2002), a collection of his recent essays.

A winner of the Great Teacher Award from the Society of Columbia Graduates, Professor Foner is an elected member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and of the British Academy. He served in 1993-94 as President of the Organization of American Historians, and in 2000 as President of the American Historical Association. He has directed summer seminars for college and high school teachers sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Gilder-Lehrman Institute, and is the editor of The New American History (1990, 1997), a collection of essays sponsored by the American Historical Association and designed to acquaint high-school teachers with the latest trends in historical scholarship on the American past.

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Recommended Reading
Fehrenbacher, Don E. Prelude to Greatness: Lincoln in the 1850's. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 1962.

Foner, Eric. Free Soil, Free Labor, Free Men: The Ideology of the Republican Party before the Civil War. Oxford; New York: Oxford University Press, 1995.

Hersh, Blanche Glassman. The Slavery of Sex: Feminist-Abolitionists in America. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1978.

Potter, David M. The Impending Crisis, 1848–1861. New York: Harper and Row, 1976.

Stewart, James Brewer. Holy Warriors: The Abolitionists and American Slavery. Eric Foner, consulting ed. Rev. ed. New York: Hill and Wang, 1996.

Quarles, Benjamin. Black Abolitionists. New York: Da Capo Press, 1991.

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Technical Requirements
You will need to use a computer with Internet access to complete this course. We recommend the following minimum configurations:

IBM-COMPATIBLE PC
Windows 95, 98, 2000, XP, or NT
64 MB of RAM (128 recommended)
Monitor: 800x600 resolution recommended
Connection: Internet service and 56K modem minimum
Browser: Internet Explorer 4 or above (Internet Explorer 5 strongly recommended) or Netscape 4.7 or above
Sound Card (if you can hear audio you have a sound card)
Plug-ins: RealPlayer 7 or later; Flash Player 5 or later; Acrobat Reader 5 or later
(all plug-ins are free)

MACINTOSH
MAC OS 8.6 or higher
64 MB of RAM (128 recommended)
Monitor: 800x600 resolution recommended
Connection: Internet service and 56K modem minimum
Browser: Internet Explorer 5 or above or Netscape 4.7 or above
Sound Card (if you can hear audio you have a sound card)
Plug-ins: RealPlayer 7 or later; Flash Player 5 or later; Acrobat Reader 5 or later
(all plug-ins are free)

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