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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,



I’d love to be a Civil War buff…what do you have to do to be a buff?

Screen Shot 2015-05-25 at 9.25.57 AMJerry Seinfeld? Keith Hernandez? What do they have to do with the Civil War? Well…in a very popular episode of Seinfeld – you know the one…where Jerry sort of gets a man-crush on Keith Hernandez…there is a little dialog between Jerry and George that comes close to my corner of the world. It goes like this:

JERRY: You know who that is? That’s Keith Hernandez.

GEORGE: Keith Hernandez? The baseball player?

JERRY: Yeah, that’s him.

GEORGE: Are you sure?

JERRY: Positive.

GEORGE: Wow, Keith Hernandez. He’s such a great player.

JERRY: Yeah, he’s a real smart guy too. He’s a Civil War buff.

GEORGE: I’d love to be a Civil War buff. … What do you have to do to be a buff?

JERRY: So Biff wants to be a buff? … Well sleeping less than 18 hours a day would be a start.

Yes…Jerry’s right about that. Being a buff is hard work. Among things like an encyclopedic knowledge of uniforms, accoutrements, and the various and sundry soldierly minutiae, it helps to know command (at least down to the regiment level) and of course…you need to know the battles cold. I have to say…I love it when popular culture and Civil War history intersect. It makes me smile. And  I’ll bet you a buck that book sales on the Civil War picked up a bit after this show aired back in 199something.

But Hernandez aside, lots of academics (not all, mind you, but lots) sort of look down on buffs. They think of them as all “drums and bugles” and no substance. They (some suggest) don’t delve into issues…they don’t read all the important scholarship…they dismiss complexity.

I say lighten up a little. Civil War buffs keep interest in this historical period alive. Buffs do buy books (including mine…YAY!), they watch TV shows about history and yes indeed…they (thankfully) follow my Tweets and comment on my Facebook posts.

I love buffs. Without them, I might not have an audience at all (or at least a much smaller one). So, Mr. Hernandez – I salute you and all like you who find the Civil War fascinating above all else. We are one and the same. If you ever want to talk – just hit me up. And not incidentally, this July 2-4, I’ll be in Gettysburg signing books and talking to buffs galore. I look forward to it 🙂

With compliments,

Keith (scholar/buff)