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American Civil War Web-Course

Screen Shot 2016-04-11 at 8.04.38 PMGreetings all! I have been posting updates on Twitter of late chronicling the progress of my next web-course: The American Civil War. I am very pleased to announce that the launch date is May 14, 2016. The course includes nearly forty video lectures and other projects covering military, social, political, and economic aspects of the conflict.

I am most excited to offer this course to my founding web-students for a 50% discount off the already reasonable price. You won’t find this deal anywhere but through this site – and the offer goes away on launch day. So you had better get on the stick. Here’s what you need to do:

ONE – be a current student or enroll now in either my Gettysburg or Reconstruction Era web-course for the regular discounted price available only from Keith Harris History.

TWO – sign up to be part of the Keith Harris History CREW so I can be sure to get you the info you need.

Get that all squared away and on launch day you will receive your discount code via email. And that’s it. Easy right?

With compliments,

Keith

 

The Reconstruction Era from Keith Harris History

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I am very pleased to announce the launch of the latest in the Keith Harris History web-course series: The Reconstruction Era, 1862-1877. This is a 17-lecture series that covers the political, social, and economic themes of the period. I have supplemented each lecture with a list of key terms and an assortment of downloadable primary sources…so you can read for yourself what the historical actors were saying as you follow along. I designed this course especially for history students (high school/AP and college undergrads) but anyone with an interest in this most contentious and complicated episode of US history will find the course useful and engaging.

I offer this to my on-line crew for a special price HERE.

 

And here’s the cool part: the course is social-friendly. Meaning: at various points I pose analytical questions or topics for discussion and invite students to post their responses to me on Twitter or any other social media platform using the hashtag #harristorian…and voilà – personal instruction from yours truly and discourse with the student community.

An overview…

The Reconstruction Era, 1862-1877

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Lecture Two – Wartime Reconstruction (Part Two) The Port Royal Experiment, Davis Bend Plantations, Southern Louisiana and the Mississippi Valley

Lecture Three – The Meaning of Freedom

Lecture Four – Presidential Reconstruction

Lecture Five – Congressional Reconstruction (Part One)

Lecture Six – Congressional Reconstruction (Part Two)

Lecture Seven – Impeaching the President

Lecture Eight – The Election of 1868 and the 15th amendment

Lecture Nine – A Republican South

Lecture Ten – The Political Economy of Reconstruction

Lecture Eleven – The Challenge of Enforcement

Lecture Twelve – Violence in the South

Lecture Thirteen – Reconstruction in the North

Lecture Fourteen – Depression and Politics

Lecture Fifteen – The Election of 1876 and the End of Reconstruction

Lecture Sixteen – Redemption

Lecture Seventeen – Popular Culture: Reconstruction and Hollywood – The Birth of a Nation and Gone With the Wind

Coda: Things to Consider

Take the course…each lecture is between 15 and 18 minutes long and jam-packed with all the goods to help you ace the test, write the paper, or have something interesting to talk about at parties – impress your friends!!

With compliments

Keith

The Americanist Independent is Once Again Up and Running

Screen Shot 2014-11-09 at 7.50.42 AMFriends, there is some good news here and some better news. The good news is that The Americanist Independent website is out of beta and now live for your reading pleasure. Yes indeed, you can once again read up on all the cutting edge scholarship, innovative teaching, and the arts in American History. Yay.

Here’s the better news: now it’s completely FREE. As a public historian I think it is best that this work is available to the entire public – open access. Not only is site access entirely gratis, but it looks better and runs much more smoothly than the beta version. As of November 9, 2014, much of the site is still under construction but all AI issues are available. You will still need to set up a profile (to keep out the spammers) only now there is no charge.  It’s FRREEEEEE (huzzah).

Sign on HERE.

With compliments,

Keith

The Americanist Independent Volume One, Issue Four

Screen Shot 2014-09-24 at 1.43.30 PMI am pleased to announce the publication of The Americanist Independent Volume One, Issue four (October, 2014). This month there is something of a gender and US history theme going on:

Creating Veteran Identity for Women within the Veterans Administration
By
Amy Rebecca Jacobs

Selling Mr. Consumer: Forming Male Consumer Identity
By
Nick Lacasse

The Tide of Domesticity: A Study of Gender, Environment, and Florida’s Indian River Culture -1870 and 1890
By
Dara R Vance

Every Piece of This War is Man’s Bullshit: The Women of Cold Mountain, a Film Review Essay by M. Keith Harris

This is some truly exceptional work by outstanding scholars – I invite you all to subscribe to the website. It’s less that $5 per month, which is a steal. In addition to the monthly journal, there are many other components to the site including community forums and a student portal jammed packed with useful information. And coming in a week or so…The site will feature a Creative Culture segment featuring art, fiction, and poetry, available only to subscribers. So stay tuned – this feature will cause quite a stir I am certain.

 

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With compliments,

Keith

The Americanist Independent – Volume One, Issue One

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Hello all – well, at long last, my on-line journal, The Americanist Independent: A Monthly Journal of United States History is go for launch. If I do say so myself I am extremely proud of the first issue. Naturally, I want you to subscribe – and become a charter member. Get in early, so to speak, and be one of the cool kids.

Since I am sure you want to know…the first issue includes an engaging study by Damian Shiels on the use of technology and visualizing Irish soldiers in the American Civil War.

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In addition, Keith McCall offers a fantastic look at the development of slavery databases using 20th century slave narratives.

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Samantha Upton boldly takes on Drew Gilpin Faust in her study of the elite white women of Boydton, Virginia during the Reconstruction Era.

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And finally, Damien Drago discusses his innovative approach to teaching history and engaging fourth and fifth graders by using music in the classroom.

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I think you will really enjoy this on-line experience. Please note that I will be adding new features (including a video series) all the time, so check back frequently. And keep in mind – The Americanist Independent is entirely interactive. There is a forum and a comments section where you can leave your two cents. Let me just say in advance: welcome and thank you for subscribing.

subscribe_buttonWith compliments,

Keith