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Learn about the Emancipation Proclamation

SPRINGFIELD — The University of Illinois Springfield is offering a free online course about the Emancipation Proclamation.

This open course uses the 150th anniversary of President Abraham Lincoln’s issuance of the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863 to explore what happened in the United States before emancipation, how emancipation worked once proclaimed, and what happened in politics, economics and society in the century and a half afterward. It will also serve as a forum for participants to discuss the concept of emancipation in states and systems earlier than that of the United States and since to today.

The class will be taught by political science professor Matthew Holden and legal studies assistant professor Gwen Jordan. The class begins Jan. 28.

There’s no academic or continuing education credit for taking the course. Students may register online.

This is the second massive open online course the university has offered. The first course, held during the Summer 2011, focused on the future of online learning and drew about 2,700 participants from 70 countries.

For information, visit https://uis.coursesites.com/.

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