Online class to focus on Emancipation Proclamation


SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- The University of Illinois Springfield is offering a free online course about the Emancipation Proclamation.


President Abraham Lincoln signed the proclamation 150 years ago, declaring that slaves in rebel states were free. The online course will explore what happened in the United States before emancipation, how emancipation worked once it was proclaimed and what happened in politics, economics and society in the years afterward.


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. Last summer, the first one drew about 2,700 participants from 70 countries.



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