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- 19th century American identity
- Opposition to slavery in early America
- Demographic shifts in the early 1800s
- Economic developments in the North
- The South's society and economy
1. American Political, Religious & Personal Identity in the Early 19th Century
American political and religious identity in the early 19th century was influenced by region, the dominant political parties of the day, and events such as the Second Great Awakening. Learn about early 19th century American regional, political, and religious identity in this video lesson.
2. Slavery in Early America: Characteristics & Opposition
The institution of slavery in early America was a source of both economic profits and divisive tensions. It began as a peculiar institution of colonial society and blossomed into a sectional issue that threatened to destroy the young United States.
3. America's Demographic Changes in the Early 1800s
The early 1800s saw the United States quickly grow in size. New immigrants and new land meant a bigger and stronger country. It also meant displacing thousands of Native Americans and the continued spread of slavery.
4. Economic Developments in the North: A Commercial Revolution
In the Antebellum Era, the Northern part of the United States was revolutionized by a series of innovations, triggering a shift from an agricultural to a commercial economy. These economic changes sharpened the differences between North and South.
5. Life in the South: Ordered Society and Economy of the Southern States
While the North was urbanizing and industrializing, the South became more committed to its rural, leisurely lifestyle and its agricultural economy built on slave labor. Limited industry did exist, but cotton was king!
6. Medal of Honor: Civil War Recipients
In the US Civil War there were 1,523 Congressional Medal of Honor recipients, more than any other war this nation has fought. Read on to find out who some of these remarkable soldiers & sailors were.
7. Youngest Medal of Honor Recipient Willie Johnston
In this lesson we explore the service above and beyond the call of duty completed by William 'Willie' Johnston that won him the Medal of Honor during the Civil War.
8. First Medal of Honor Recipient Private Jacob Parrott
The Medal of Honor is the highest military award presented in the United States, but someone had to earn it first. In this lesson we'll explore the life and military career of Jacob Parrott, the medal's first recipient.
9. The National Banking Act of 1864
As with many things throughout history, the banking system that we are familiar with today is not the same system that was in place 150 years ago. In this lesson, we will look at the National Banking Act of 1864, the precursor to today's system.
10. Chinese Discrimination in America in the 19th Century
As perpetual outsiders in 19th-century American society, the Chinese faced constant discrimination, especially during economic bad times. In this lesson, read about the place of the Chinese in the United States in the 1800s.
11. Chinese Immigration to America in the 1800s
War in China and the discovery of gold in California led to massive Chinese immigration into the United States in the 1800's. Eventually powerful racist sentiments in the US would seek to reduce and eliminate Chinese immigration.
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Other chapters within the The Civil War and Reconstruction: Help and Review course
- The Slavery Debate of the 1800s: Help and Review
- Political Unrest in 1860: Help and Review
- Causes of the Civil War: Help and Review
- War Campaign Strategies in 1862: Help and Review
- Civil War Events of 1863: Help and Review
- The Build Up to the War's End: Help and Review
- The Defeat of the Confederate Army: Help and Review
- Reconstruction and Social Reforms: Help and Review