Blacks During Reconstruction (Study Guide)

Reconstruction study guide: What happened to Blacks? Lincoln died before he could fully articulate his own vision, but we do have some glimpses.  Lincoln and his cabinet launched a plan to remove and colonize the ex-slaves somewhere in… Read More

Reconstruction Study Guide

  Reconstruction Study Sheet: Birzer Three big questions being asked: What to do with the Southern states? Which is more powerful–the Legislative or Executive branches? What to do with 4 million emancipated slaves? Each question carried with it… Read More

Civil War Battle Study Guide

Birzer Civil War Study Guide, Spring 2017 Battles to Know/Army of the Potomac Leaders (No naval battles listed)   1861 Battle of First Bull Run Battles of Wilson’s Creek/Lexington (Missouri) Battle of Ball’s Bluff   1862 Battle of… Read More

Reconstruction (Full Lecture)


Abraham Lincoln (Full Lecture)


Civil War Midterm Study Guide, 2017

Midterm 2017 Study Guide; Sectionalism and Civil War Instructor, grader, and would-be arbitrary Potentate: Bradley J. Birzer the Pitt Elder   Section 1: Essay.  “Explain the causes of the Civil War.” To cover the topic fully, you should… Read More

Collapse of the American Republic, 1846-1856 (Full Lecture)

A lecture from my Civil War course–how the republic fell apart, 1846-1856.  From invading Mexico to the sack of Lawrence.  

U.S. Sectionalism Timeline, 1855-1859

1855-1856: Rival Legislatures established in territorial Kansas Lecompton: Slave Topeka/Lawrence: Free State (Jayhawk)   November 1855: “Battle” of the Wakarusa River   May 19-20, 1856: Senator Charles Sumner’s two-day “Crime Against Kansas” speech

Virtue and Sacrifice: Hillsdale and Notre Dame

Over at Winston Elliott’s brilliant website, The Imaginative Conservative, I had the honor to write about the necessity of connecting liberty to sacrifice as understood through the students of two of the best colleges: Notre Dame and Hillsdale…. Read More

Abraham Lincoln Timeline, 1809-1858

Brief Abraham Lincoln Timeline (1809-1858)   February 12, 1809: Lincoln born in Kentucky. (Born the same year as Karl Marx) 1816: The Lincolns moved to Indiana. 1818: Lincoln’s mother died.

Why the American Civil War? (Full Lecture)

Hello friends out there in the cyberworld, if you’re interested, here’s my introductory lecture to my semester-long, upper-level course, SECTIONALISM AND THE AMERICAN CIVIL WAR. In this lecture, I go over the syllabus and books as well as… Read More

Syllabus: Sectionalism and Civil War

Sectionalism and American Civil War, H303 Instructor: Brad Birzer ( Spring 2017.  T/Th: 9:30-10:45; Lane 333 Office hours (tentative and subject to change, especially depending on the week): T/TH: 11-1; Wed: 12-1.  And, by appointment. Course Content This… Read More