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Episode 4 - The American Civil War

Episode 4 - The American Civil War

The fourth episode of American
History Too! delves into the United States’ deadliest conflict to date –
The American Civil War.  To help us with
this mammoth task we bring on board University of Edinburgh lecturer, Dr David
Silkenat.  David teaches a course here at
Edinburgh on the American Civil War and, among his various publications, he has
published a well-received, award-winning book entitled Moments of Despair:
Suicide, Divorce, and Debt in Civil War Era North Carolina. 

David guides us
through how the Civil War legacy’s remains a contentious bone in the American
South.  We then turn our attentions North
and discuss the role of Copperheads (opponents of the war) in fomenting
dissension – both rhetorical and violent – against the both the conflict and
Abraham Lincoln.  In particular, David –
a native New Yorker – offers us his take on the New York Draft Riots of July
1863 that ended with roughly [...]