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Title: The History of the United States, 2nd Edition, part 4
Lecturer: Gary W. Gallagher
Producer: The Teaching Company
Duration: 16 x 30 minutes
Media: Audio only

Professor Gary W. Gallagher continues to depict the history of the United States, beginning where Guelzo left off, i.e. in the prelude to the American Civil War. In sixteen well-planned and expertly performed lectures, Gallagher presents the setting in which the war took place, what happened during the war and what consequences it had for the United States as a nation. The narrative is divided into various themes, covering military development, slaves, economics and much more.

As usual, the lectures are very good, but as you can see, I think that Gallagher is worth half an additional snail compared to Guelzo. Why? Gallagher’s lectures are more structured and he also makes this structure obvious to the listener. He always begins with a summary of what he is going to say, which points he is going to pursue, and so forth. At the end of the lecture, he ties everything together and sets the stage for the next lecture. Very well done indeed.

Also, I think that the subject matter is more interesting. I did not know much about the American Civil War, so listening to these sixteen lectures was truly entertaining as well as educational. I recommend them, because even if you are not interested in listening to all 84 lectures, it is perfectly possible to listen to these sixteen lectures if you have the opportunity. The series now change lecturer yet again to professor Allitt, previously review on this website for his excellent lecture series on Victorian Britain.

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