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The following state-of-the-art learning experiences were developed at Columbia University by distinguished faculty members working closely with our skilled instructional technology staff. Three to five hours in length, these in-depth multimedia e-seminars are free to Columbia students, faculty, and staff.

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Slavery and Emancipation—A Series of Eight E-Seminars
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Eric FonerIn his eight-part series Slavery and Emancipation, Eric Foner, DeWitt Clinton Professor of History at Columbia University, explores a subject that is essential to understanding the history of the United States and the evolution of our concept of freedom.

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Slavery and Emancipation—E-Seminar 1, The Origins of Slavery in the New World
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Eric FonerNearly 150 years after its abolition, slavery remains one of the central institutions defining American history and nationality. This e-seminar examines the origins and development of the transatlantic slave trade and the impact of slavery on colonial America during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. New World slavery became more oppressive than previous forms, and the underpinnings of the institutionalization of slavery in America included new racist attitudes.

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Slavery and Emancipation—E-Seminar 2, The Struggle for Freedom
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Eric FonerIn this second e-seminar of his Slavery and Emancipation series, Professor Eric Foner examines slavery and the American Revolution. He examines the dramatic struggle for freedom waged concurrently by American colonists against the British Empire and by blacks against the institution of slavery. While blacks seized the revolutionary rhetoric of liberty and equality to justify their natural right to freedom, the U.S. Constitution protected the institution of slavery.

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Slavery and Emancipation—E-Seminar 3, The Old South
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Eric FonerIn the third e-seminar in the series Slavery and Emancipation, Professor Eric Foner discusses the expansion of slavery during the first half of the nineteenth century, when it became the most powerful economic institution in the United States. He describes the arguments that proslavery Southerners used to defend their "peculiar institution" and details the system of subordination they created whereby slaves had virtually no legal rights.

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Slavery and Emancipation—E-Seminar 4, Abolitionism and Antislavery
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Eric FonerIn 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, the expansion of slavery, secession, and other events that led inexorably to the Civil War.

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Slavery and Emancipation—E-Seminar 5, The Civil War
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Eric FonerIn The Civil War, the fifth in the series Slavery and Emancipation, Professor Eric Foner explores the combination of factors that propelled the Lincoln administration down the road to emancipation. Foner also describes how the service of black men in the Union forces contributed to the war's outcome and raised the question of black citizenship.

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Slavery and Emancipation—E-Seminar 6, The Meaning of Freedom
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Eric FonerIn The Meaning of Freedom, the sixth e-seminar in the series Slavery and Emancipation, Professor Eric Foner explores the expectations and aspirations of freed blacks, the views of white Southerners, and the hopes of many Northerners in the years after the Civil War.

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The Impact of Technology on the Legal Profession
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Conrad Johnson and Brian DonnellyThis e-seminar is an exploration of the influence technology has exerted in the practice of law. The revolutionary nature of digital and communications technologies—especially regarding the practice of law—will undoubtedly change the profession.

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