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Ch 30: Overview of the American Civil War

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Get a better understanding of the American Civil War as you prepare to answer questions on an upcoming test. This chapter's entertaining lessons and short quizzes can quickly and effectively improve your knowledge of this subject.

Overview of the American Civil War - Chapter Summary

Use this overview to ensure you have a well-rounded understanding of the American Civil War. This chapter examines the slave trade, Lincoln's election, the Emancipation Proclamation and much more. Reviewing our bite-sized lessons will make sure you have the knowledge to:

  • Discuss Dred Scott v. Sanford during Buchanan's presidency
  • Share facts about black history during the colonial period and the rise of the slave trade
  • Explain the relationship between Lincoln's election, southern secession and the Confederate States of America
  • Describe the causes and impacts of the American Civil War
  • Detail the creation, context and legacy of the Emancipation Proclamation
  • Provide details about Lincoln's assassination and Lee's surrender

Get started by choosing any lesson you feel will help you better understand the American Civil War. Before, during or after reviewing that lesson, feel free to take its accompanying quiz. When you're ready to choose another lesson, simply scroll along the right-hand sidebar to select others in any order. Anytime while studying this chapter, enjoy the ability to test your overall comprehension by taking the practice exam.

6 Lessons in Chapter 30: Overview of the American Civil War
Dred Scott v. Sanford and President Buchanan

1. Dred Scott v. Sanford and President Buchanan

The Dred Scott decision was one of the most important turning points in the debate over slavery in the United States. It came during the presidency of James Buchanan, a man well qualified but ill suited for the job of keeping the nation together. This lesson discusses both as we attempt to understand the dynamics that led to the American Civil War.

Rise of Slave Trade: Black History in Colonial America

2. Rise of Slave Trade: Black History in Colonial America

In this lesson, you'll learn a little about the slave trade, the growth and characteristics of slavery in the colonial period - including laws regulating the institution and the population of free blacks in the English colonies.

Lincoln's Election, Southern Secession & the New Confederacy

3. Lincoln's Election, Southern Secession & the New Confederacy

Learn about how Abraham Lincoln's election in the contentious 1860 presidential race set off a domino effect leading to the secession of South Carolina and six other states and the formation of the Confederate States of America.

The American Civil War: Causes & Impacts

4. The American Civil War: Causes & Impacts

There were many political, economic, and social factors that led to the Civil War. In this lesson, we'll explore the causes of this war and its impact on the country.

The Emancipation Proclamation: Creation, Context and Legacy

5. The Emancipation Proclamation: Creation, Context and Legacy

On January 1, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation went into effect. More than three million slaves in the South were freed, but the move was not without its critics, both then and now.

Lincoln's Assassination and Lee's Surrender at Appomattox Courthouse

6. Lincoln's Assassination and Lee's Surrender at Appomattox Courthouse

Two of the most eventful weeks in American history took place between April 1 and April 15, 1865, during which Richmond (the capital of the Confederacy) fell, General Lee surrendered at Appomattox Courthouse and President Abraham Lincoln was assassinated.

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