1) WHY THEY FOUGHT: Was the bloodiest war in US history (with 623,000 killed -- the equivalent of 6,000.000 deaths in today's America) about slavery-- or about states rights? Was the war avoidable, and the product of ten years of horrible leadership in Washington (with some of the worst presidents in US history), or was it an "irrepressible conflict" (as William Henry Seward famously called it) that even the most skillful politicians couldn't escape? We'll trace the crucial turning points, historical forces and political personalities (the good, the bad and the ugly) that placed America on the path to cataclysmic conflict.
2) THE TIDE OF WAR: Focusing on the crucial decision points where the South could have actually won the war --- The Battle of Antietam, the Battle of Gettysburg, the Draft Riots in New York, the Presidential election of 1864 and the desperate (but doomed) proposal to use a million black slaves to fight for the Confederacy in exchange for their freedom. If the South had prevailed, what would the two countries (the Confederate States of America and the United States of America) have looked like twenty years after the war -- and a hundred years after the war?
3) WHY THE NORTH WON: Was it sheer population (the North outnumbered the white population of the South by more than three to one), economic power, or the brilliant, incomparable political leadership of Abraham Lincoln? Or did the Confederacy go down because of its internal flaws, and a badly mistaken strategy by Robert E. Lee? What could the South have done to insure European recognition, and why did they fail to follow the inspiration of Virginian George Washington when it came to their own failed (and, ultimately, disastrous) War for Independence? Did moral arguments ultimately doom the Confederate cause?
These explosive questions will be covered in intimate and vivid detail, answering a demand from History Program subscribers to cover America's most epic conflict -- just in time for the sesquicentennial commemorations in 2012-13 celebrating its most decisive battles.
Total Run Time: 1hr, 54min
Available on two CDs or audio download.
Great content, low tech
Posted by Mike O'Hern on 28th Aug 2017
The War for the Union is a perfect example of Michael Medved's history programs. Great content done in an engaging manner, but the lack of forethought in terms of usability of the mp3 is supremely frustrating. For a single recording running nearly two hours, there are no breaks, which would be simple to incorporate. So if I get distracted, or some outside noise comes up so I can't hear for a few seconds, or anything along those lines, tough cookies. You can't rewind, and there is no stop to shoot to. If you hit the double rewind button it takes you all the way back to the beginning. Stops should be incorporated at what had been each commercial break so the listener can "restart" each segment when desired.
Posted by Unknown on 28th Feb 2016
I really enjoyed listening to this download. Well balanced explanation of the events the lead up to the war. I may sound like a 'nerd' but I downloaded this on my cell phone and listened to it as I jogged. I was so in to it that I jogged for 1hr which although may be child's play to some it's about twice as long as I normally do.