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- Available Lessons: 92
- Average Lesson Length: 8 min
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Course SummaryPrepare for the DSST Civil War and Reconstruction exam with our comprehensive test prep guide. These short video lessons and self-assessment quizzes will help you test your understanding of the topics you'll see on the exam so you can get your best possible score.
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About This Course
Use this course to guide your study for the Civil War & Reconstruction DSST exam and earn three college credits. Brief video lessons are presented through entertaining animations that can help you finish the course in as little as one week, depending on your available study time.
With this course, you can gain a clear picture of this time in history, from the beginnings of the war in 1861 and following the major battles through the war's close in 1865. You can also find out more about the plans and efforts for restoration and reunification after the war, during the period known as Reconstruction.
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Syllabus & Course Information
Upon completion of this DSST The Civil War & Reconstruction test prep course, you should have mastered the objectives from the list below. Those objectives align with the topics tested on the DSST exam. By taking this course's quizzes and final exam, you can get a clear idea as to whether you're ready to take the related DSST test.
- Learn about the governmental views of American citizens in the early 1800s.
- Study some of the characteristics of slavery in early America and learn about how early 19th-century America's demographics shifted because of population and territorial growth.
- Find out more about the inventions that played a role in the commercial revolution, especially in the northern United States, and the ordered society and lifestyle that characterized the South.
- Study Henry Clay, the Missouri Compromise and the Mexican-American War.
- Learn about the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, the Wilmot Proviso and President Fillmore's support for a compromise in 1850 that would resolve controversies over slavery.
- Find out who played a role in the fight to end slavery and how a Supreme Court case took away citizenship rights from African Americans.
- Learn about the raid at Harper's Ferry.
- Learn about the birth of the Republican Party and the successes and failures of Abraham Lincoln.
- Study what led to the split in the Democratic Party and what happened in the presidential election of 1860.
- Learn about the 11 states that seceded from the Union and how the Confederacy was created.
- Study the start of the Civil War at Fort Sumter and the strengths and weaknesses of each side.
- Examine the First Battle of Bull Run and the Battle of Ball's Bluff.
- Learn about President Lincoln's and President Davis's cabinets.
- Compare the Armed Forces of the Union and the Confederacy, learn about the Anaconda Plan and examine General McClellan's army and his reluctance to engage in battle.
- Find out about the blockade of the Southern coast and various battles that took place in 1862.
- Examine Civil War casualties as the war moved into 1863.
- Learn about war politics, civilian reactions, the role that women played and what the circumstances were like for African Americans during the war.
- Study the battles at Murfreesboro and Chancellorsville and the well-known Battle of Gettysburg.
- Find out about the Union's attempts to control the Mississippi and the battles that raged in Tennessee.
- Learn about General Grant's promotion and his Overland Campaign to end the war.
- Study some of the battles that took place in 1864 and learn about the siege on Petersburg, a Confederate stronghold.
- Find out about General Sherman's Atlanta Campaign and his march to the sea.
- Study President Lincoln's re-election campaign.
- Study the last 100 days of the Civil War and the fall of Richmond.
- Learn about General Lee's surrender, the assassination of President Lincoln and the capture of President Davis.
- Study the costs of the Civil War.
- Learn about President Lincoln's legacy and how President Johnson planned to reunite the country and rebuild the South.
- Study the Republican Party's ideas on Reconstruction, the passage of the 13th-15th constitutional amendments and President Johnson's impeachment.
- Find out how Reconstruction impacted African Americans and how some southerners planned to restore white supremacy.
- Learn about the election of 1876.
There are no prerequisite classes listed for this course, but a general background in U.S. or world history could be an advantage.
This DSST The Civil War & Reconstruction course is organized in 9 chapters with a total of 74 lessons. The videos average 8 minutes each and conclude with short multiple-choice quizzes. You can also use the transcripts to follow along, if you want. Your progress can easily be tracked while working on this course to see the lessons and quizzes you've already completed. You can contact a subject-matter expert if you run into any questions.
DSST The Civil War & Reconstruction Exam Information
The DSST Civil War & Reconstruction exam is equivalent to a 3-credit upper-level undergraduate history course spanning one semester. This course could be used when fulfilling upper-level social science/history requirements at a variety of institutions.
- Number of Questions: 100
- Question Type: Four-option multiple-choice questions
- Time Limit: 2 hours
- Number of Credits: 3
- Exam Cost: $80
DSST The Civil War & Reconstruction Exam Breakdown
|Exam Concept||Percent of the Exam||Approximate Number of Questions||Number of Lessons in These Chapters|
|Life in 19th Century America||around 5%||5||5|
|Rising Tension Over Slavery||around 7%||7||7|
|The Political Situation in 1860||around 4%||4||4|
|The Civil War Unfolds: 1861||11%||11||6|
|The War in 1862||17%||17||15|
|The War Continues: 1863||19%||19||11|
|The Tide of War Shifts: 1864||15%||15||11|
|Conclusion of the Civil War: 1865||7%||7||6|
|Reconstruction After the Civil War||15%||15||9|
Earn DSST Credit
Students who earn a minimum score of 400 on the DSST The Civil War & Reconstruction exam can earn 3 semester hours of credit recognized by many colleges and universities. This course could be a cost-effective and efficient way to earn credits toward a degree. Learn more about earning credit for the DSST The Civil War & Reconstruction exam.
Study Schedule for the DSST The Civil War & Reconstruction Exam
This course includes about 10 hours of instruction. Choose the study schedule below that meets your personal needs, and see how soon you could be ready for your exam. Plan ahead and get your test scheduled so you'll be certain to get the time slot you need.
|Study Frequency||When You'll Be Ready for the Exam|
|2 hours a day; 5 days a week||About 1 week|
|1 hour a day; 5 days a week||Nearly 2 weeks|
|1 hour a day; 2 days a week||Around 5 weeks|
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