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History mature students' masterclass
This masterclass was designed for prospective mature
students who are interested in studying History at university.
It provided an opportunity to explore, using the approaches typical in a university history department, one of the most dramatic episodes in modern history – how and why the four million slaves in America came to be freed during the American Civil War.
The class assessed the role
of President Abraham Lincoln (whose Emancipation Proclamation of 1863
led him to be known as the 'Great Emancipator'), of the US army, and of
slaves themselves. How much 'agency' did enslaved people have?
Lincoln really 'free' the slaves, or did they free themselves? The class
involved the study of primary sources including the Emancipation
Proclamation and the testimony of slaves and soldiers.
It was led by
Dr Adam Smith, whose most recent book is The American Civil War
For details of UCL's entry requirements for History, please search for the particular degree you are interested in at www.ucl.ac.uk/prospectus