The Civil War, Part I: Crash Course US History # 20 2

The Civil War, Part I: Crash Course US History # 20

The Civil War, Part I: Crash Course US History # 20 3


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In which John Green REALLY teaches about the civil war. In part one of our two parts, John looks at the causes of the war and the motivations of those who went to war. The overarching causes and the individual motivations were not always the same. John also examines why the North won and whether this result was inevitable. The benefits of the north for industry and population are examined, as are the problems of the confederation, including the need to build a nation while at war. As usual, John doesn’t get much into the real battle when the battle breaks down. He talks a little about the overarching strategy that won the war and Grant’s plan to overwhelm the South with numbers. Grant suffered many casualties in the final days of the war, but in the end it resulted in the surrender of the South. If you want to learn more about the civil war, we recommend these books:
Battle Cry of Freedom by James McPherson
The Shelby Foote Civil War

Hello teachers and students, check out CommonLit’s free collection of reading passages and curriculum resources to learn more about the events of this episode. There were many causes for the American Civil War and events that led to disagreement: https://www.commonlit.org/texts/causes-of-the-american-civil-war
At the beginning of the war, its outcome was determined by the different skills and resources of the divided north and south: https://www.commonlit.org/texts/a-nation-divided-north-vs-south

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43 thoughts on “The Civil War, Part I: Crash Course US History # 20”

  1. I can't stress it enough that this guy is super geeky and smart but he is an absolute waste of time!!! He gets off topic delibrately and his off topic cutaways are like 5 hours long. I want to learn something for my new semester of american history, for heavens sake just stop fooling around and get on with it. We wantr to learn, not hear you joke around all day. Click like to this comment if you agree also.

  2. True. the civil war was about freeing the slaves, however the north wasnt trying to free the slaves for humanitarian purposes. As many historians, will imply, or directly come out and say. It was about power, and control over the nation. The north wanted to free the slaves for the same reason the south wanted to continue slavery.

  3. I wanted to bash my enemy in an eloquent and elite way so I copied the insults used by John green for his "me from the past" John Green and suffice to say
    Mission accomplished
    Best wishes
    Your big fan

  4. Leading to the civil war started much sooner. Try 1828 and the abomination tariffs. Start from there and do some real studying of US history. It was an abundance of reasons. Too much stupidity in this video for anyone who has actually dug into US history.

  5. Saying the Civil War was only about slavery makes it seem like the northern states were morally superior and decided to fight in war because they loved black people or something. In reality, the North was just as hateful of black people as the south, but as slavery grew, northern industrialist knew it would be impossible to compete if the southern states decided to invest in industry with free labor. White workers in the north were afraid of the expansion of slavery because they didn't want to lose their jobs. In response to the first draft for Union soldiers, tens thousands of black people were murdered across many northern cities.
    So, while the civil war was defiantly about slavery, it was in no way concerned with the liberation of black people.

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