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Ch 28: AEPA: American Civil War

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Use the activities of this chapter to prepare for questions that may appear on the AEPA Middle Grades Social Science certification exam regarding the battles of the Civil War and their effects on the nation.

AEPA: American Civil War - Chapter Summary

As part of a study guide course for the AEPA Middle Grades Social Science exam, this chapter will help you review the battles that took place in the American Civil War, as well as the impact the war had on the states of the North and the South. Watch our professional instructors in this series of short, engaging lesson videos on the:

  • Battle of Fort Sumter and the start of the Civil War
  • Strengths and weaknesses of the Confederate and Union states at the beginning of the war
  • First Battle of Bull Run and key battles of 1862
  • Emancipation Proclamation
  • Effects of the war on everyday life in the North and South
  • Turning points of the war
  • Union march toward Richmond and Lee's Surrender
  • Assassination of President Lincoln

These lesson videos are mobile device compatible so you can watch them whenever you have a working mobile device with an Internet connection. For an alternative review of the lessons, read over the lesson transcripts that present written overviews of the lessons. Also test your understanding of the material presented with the lesson quizzes and chapter exam. With the results from these assessments, discover the topics you still may need to review, then return to the lessons via video tags to improve your understanding of them.

AEPA: American Civil War - Chapter Objectives

The objective of the AEPA Middle Grades Social Science exam is to measure prospective middle-grades social-science teachers' understanding of the social sciences with a series of 150 multiple-choice questions. When you take this exam you will be asked to complete these questions in a 180-minute testing session. Expect 50% of the material covered by this exam to fall under the domain of History, the domain that may contain questions about the events of the American Civil War. This chapter has been assembled to help you improve your familiarity of these events so that you will be able to answer related questions in an effective manner.

9 Lessons in Chapter 28: AEPA: American Civil War
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The Battle of Fort Sumter & the Start of the Civil War

1. The Battle of Fort Sumter & the Start of the Civil War

South Carolina's attack on a U.S. military outpost triggered the American Civil War. Learn more about the Battle of Fort Sumter and the consequences of the fort's surrender to the Confederacy.

Civil War Begins: Northern and Southern Advantages Compared

2. Civil War Begins: Northern and Southern Advantages Compared

At the outbreak of the American Civil War, both the North and South believed the conflict would be over quickly. But advantages for both the Confederacy and the Union meant a prolonged war between the states. In this lesson, discover some of the advantages that the North and South had.

The First Battle of Bull Run: Civil War Blood is Shed

3. The First Battle of Bull Run: Civil War Blood is Shed

Three months after the bombardment of Fort Sumter, Northern troops attacked Southern forces near the Confederate capital of Richmond, Virginia. The first Battle of Bull Run (or Manassas) was the first major engagement of the Civil War and a terrifying defeat for the Union spectators who came to watch.

Key Civil War Battles in 1862: Monitor and Merrimac, Antietam, New Orleans & Shiloh

4. Key Civil War Battles in 1862: Monitor and Merrimac, Antietam, New Orleans & Shiloh

In 1862, the Union put its Anaconda Plan into action, resulting in several critical events: the Peninsular Campaign, the Battle of Hampton Roads between the ironclads Monitor and Virginia (Merrimack), the Battle of Shiloh, the capture of New Orleans, and the Battle of Antietam.

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.

How the Civil War Affected the Economy and Everyday Life in the North and South

6. How the Civil War Affected the Economy and Everyday Life in the North and South

With the strongest and most productive demographic of society away fighting in the Civil War, the task of running homes, communities, and the nation fell to those who stayed behind. The war on the home front changed their lives forever.

Civil War Turning Points: Chancellorsville, Gettysburg and Vicksburg

7. Civil War Turning Points: Chancellorsville, Gettysburg and Vicksburg

In 1863, three events proved to be turning points for the American Civil War: the Battle of Chancellorsville, the Battle of Gettysburg and the Siege of Vicksburg. Learn about these Civil War turning points in this lesson.

End of the Civil War: General Grant Begins the March Toward Richmond

8. End of the Civil War: General Grant Begins the March Toward Richmond

President Lincoln took a gamble and named Ulysses S. Grant as General-in-Chief of the Union army. They devised a plan to finally take Richmond and win the war in 1864. In this lesson, learn about General Grant's controversial tactics.

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

9. 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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