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Course SummaryHistory 306: The American Civil War Era has been evaluated and recommended for 3 semester hours and may be transferred to over 2,000 colleges and universities. This self-paced and mobile-friendly course allows students to quickly review this historical era and get ahead in their degree programs.
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The course objective is to understand and critically analyze the history of the American Civil War, including its key players, battles, strategies, causes, and consequences.
Your grade for this course will be calculated out of 300 points. The minimum score required to pass and earn real college credit for this course is 210 points, or an overall course grade of 70%. The table below shows the assignments you must complete and how they'll be incorporated into the overall grade.
|Proctored Final Exam||100|
Quizzes are meant to test your comprehension of each lesson as you progress through the course. Here's a breakdown of how you will be graded on quizzes and how they'll factor into your final score:
- You will have 3 attempts to take each quiz for a score.
- The highest score of your first 3 attempts will be recorded as your score for each quiz.
- When you've completed the course, the highest scores from your first 3 attempts at each quiz will be averaged together and weighed against the total possible points for quizzes. For instance, if your average quiz score is 85%, you'll receive 85 out of 100 possible points for quizzes.
- After your initial 3 attempts, you can take a quiz for practice as many times as you'd like.
- You will need to pass each quiz with a score of at least 80% to earn course progress for the lesson. However, it is not necessary to earn 80% within the first three quiz attempts.
Assignments are intended to assess your application, analysis, and critical thinking skills in relation to the concepts you learn in the course. Two assignments are required for this course. You can access them here.
- All assignment scores will total up to 100 points.
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- If you are unsatisfied with your score, you will be able to revise and resubmit your assignment(s) twice. You are free to resubmit an assignment within two weeks of your most recent exam attempt or at any point if you have an active college accelerator membership.
Proctored Final Exam
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- You'll earn points equivalent to the percentage grade you receive on your proctored final. (So if you earn 90% on the final, that's 90 points toward your final grade.)
- If you're unsatisfied with your score on the exam, you'll be eligible to retake the exam after a 3-day waiting period.
- You can only retake the exam twice, so be sure to use your study guide and fully prepare yourself before you take the exam again.
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Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:
- Dissect the early history of slavery in the United States in the contexts of economics, politics, trade, and the Constitution
- Understand the impact of the Abolitionist movement on the culture of pre-Civil War America
- Summarize the territorial and demographic issues that impacted the U.S. before the Civil War
- Compare and contrast the works of influential authors during the Civil War
- Diagram the secession of the Southern states and the formation of the Confederacy
- Express how politics, economics, African Americans, and women affected Civil War America
- Analyze and report on the major battles from 1861-1865
- Consider the roles of important generals and presidents and their impact on the Civil War
- Evaluate foreign affairs and military strategies during the Civil War
- Measure the lasting impact of the Civil War on Americans during and after the Reconstruction
There are no prerequisites for this course, but many students choose to complete History 103: U.S. History I prior to taking History 306.
History 306 consists of short video lessons that are organized into topical chapters. Each video is approximately 5-10 minutes in length and comes with a quick quiz to help you measure your learning. The course is completely self-paced. Watch lessons on your schedule whenever and wherever you want.
At the end of each chapter, you can complete a chapter test to see if you're ready to move on or have some material to review. Once you've completed the entire course, take the practice test and use the study tools in the course to prepare for the proctored final exam. You may take the proctored final exam whenever you are ready.
How Credit Recommendations Work
This course has been evaluated and recommended by both ACE and NCCRS for 3 semester hours in the upper division baccalaureate degree category. To apply for transfer credit, follow these steps:
- If you already have a school in mind, check with the registrar to see if the school will grant credit for courses recommended by either ACE or NCCRS.
- Complete History 306 by watching video lessons and taking short quizzes.
- Take the History 306 final exam directly on the Study.com site.
- Request a transcript to be sent to the accredited school of your choice!
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|Understanding History & Primary Sources||Consider the subjective nature of how history is recorded and learn how historians use primary sources to understand historical events.|
|Slavery in the Early United States||Consider slave ownership and the laws surrounding slavery in the early years of the United States. Outline economic factors related to the slave trade.|
|The Abolitionist Movement in America||Summarize the anti-slavery movement. Point out the leaders of the movement, the impact of anti-slavery petitions, and discuss the Underground Railroad.|
|Pre-Civil War Sectional Crisis in the U.S.||Point out the territorial and demographic issues that impacted the U.S. preceding the Civil War. Explain economic developments and U.S politics during the early 1800s.|
|Influential American Civil War Writers||Compare the most influential pieces of fiction and nonfiction writing during the Civil War and survey the authors who penned them.|
|Rising Tensions in Pre-Civil War America||Connect the political situation that caused frustrations to rise with violent events like John Brown's raid and Bloody Kansas.|
|Southern Secession from the Union||Diagram the beginning of the Confederacy and the process that led to its creation.|
|Politics, Industry & Economy in Civil War America||Compare the Northern and Southern presidents' cabinets. Distinguish Northern and Southern advantages in the war, and point out differences between Union and Confederate armies. Survey the roles of women and African-Americans during the Civil War, and debate the impact of war on the economy.|
|American Battles in 1861||Evaluate famous battles, such as the Battle of Bull Run, and explain their political effects.|
|American Battles in 1862||Consider the battles in 1862 as well as their outcomes and consequences.|
|American Battles in 1863||Classify the best-known battles of 1863 and how those battles enabled the North and South to gain control of different strategic areas.|
|American Battles in 1864||Analyze battles of 1864, such as the Battle of Mobile Bay, as well as various military campaigns, their timelines, and the significance of each one.|
|American Battles in 1865||Explain which 1865 battles were the most significant, and go over the conditions and terms of General Lee's surrender at Appomattox Courthouse.|
|Important Figures in the American Civil War||Survey important military and political leaders of the Civil War era.|
|Military Strategies in the American Civil War||Assess foreign affairs during the war as well as responses to the Civil War from France and Britain. Review the various strategies implicated by politicians and generals during the war, and compare the effectiveness of these strategies.|
|Life Following the American Civil War||Measure the lasting impact and legacy of the war, the quality of life for African Americans after the war, and life in the North and in the South. Conclude the cost of the war, casualty statistics, and motivations behind President Lincoln's assassination.|
|Reconstruction After the American Civil War||Appraise Lincoln's plan, the presidency of Andrew Johnson, the Ku Klux Klan, carpetbaggers, redeemers, and the 1876 election. Consider the overall goals of Reconstruction, the effects on African-American education and politics, and the effects on American life in the North and South.|
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|Completed all lessons in History 306: The American Civil War Era course and achieved 100% Quiz Progress.|
|Not attempted to take this exam within the last three days.|
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|Complete the exam readiness quiz.|
|Please note: Assignments are required to complete this course for credit. You have submitted / required assignments for this course.|
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