The Effect of War on Civilians in the United States: The Impact on Daily Life & the Economy


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Which of the following best describes the impact of the war on Union families?

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1. What was the primary purpose of community work during the Civil War?

2. What prompted the Legal Tender Act of 1862?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Despite no active involvement in the military campaigns, the Civil War produced deep and long-lasting effects on American civilians. The quiz and worksheet for this lesson will help you as you recall the details on its impact on civilian life.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

These items will test you on:

  • The impact of the war on families
  • The effects of military engagements
  • The Legal Tender Act of 1862
  • Community involvement in supplying soldiers
  • The Enrollment Act of 1863

Skills Practiced

The quiz and worksheet will assess your skills of:

  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about the economic elements of the war in a different light
  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on the Civil War
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the effect of the Civil War on families and communities

Additional Learning

To entirely understand how civilians' lives were affected by the war, take the time to review the associated lesson entitled The Effect of War on Civilians in the United States: The Impact on Daily Life & the Economy. This lesson will address the following objectives:

  • Identify the Enrollment Act of 1863 and the Legal Tender Act of 1862
  • Discover the effects of invasions and battle on civilian areas
  • Know how communities helped support the soldiers
  • Understand what life was like for the families of the fighting men