Both Harvard and Columbia offer a variety of courses on aspects of the Civil War. Students can learn about the contributions of states from both sides. You also learn about prominent figures, including Jefferson Davis, Abraham Lincoln, Robert E. Lee, and Ulysses S. Grant. Important events and documents in the war, including the Emancipation Proclamation and the Battles of Gettysburg and Antietam, are also part of the curriculum. There are also courses in philosophy and law surrounding the war. You’ll learn how President Lincoln came to sign the Emancipation Proclamation, how the white house framed the war for support and other essential issues. You can also study how southern states like Georgia, Alabama, and Virginia fared after the war with African Americans establishing their place in the new society and the reconstruction changing nearly everything. Nearly every facet of the war from the antebellum period to reconstruction is covered.