Ch 26: AEPA: Life in Antebellum America

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Use this chapter to improve your understanding of the changes in the culture and arts of the American Renaissance, economic developments that impacted life styles in the 19th century and the movement to end slavery. These lessons will help prepare you for answering related questions on the AEPA Middle Grades Social Science test.

AEPA: Life in Antebellum America - Chapter Summary

Watch this series of short, engaging lesson videos to review the cultural changes that took place in American culture during the 1800s as well as the economic developments that drove them. These lesson videos are mobile-device friendly and taught by professional instructors so you have a versatile and effective way of studying the:

  • Art, literature and culture of the American Renaissance
  • Social reforms in the mid-19th century
  • Revolutions in transpiration of the 1800's
  • Economic developments and daily life in the North and South
  • Slavery in the U.S. and the Abolitionist Movement

For an alternative way of reviewing the material, try reading over the lesson transcripts that will present you with a written overview of these lessons. As you complete these lessons, test your mastery over the material presented using the lesson quizzes. Then use the results from these quizzes to help you find topics you don't understand and fortify your understanding of these topics by returning the lessons via video tags.

AEPA: Life in Antebellum America - Chapter Objectives

The AEPA Middle Grades Social Science test is a certification exam used in the state of Arizona to assess future middle-grades social science teachers' mastery over their field of study. This certification exam is composed of 150 multiple-choice questions administered in a 180 minute long testing session. Half of the questions on this exam will ask you about historical facts, including some on the events and life styles of the 1800s before the American Civil War. The activities of this chapter have been put together to help you prepare for these questions.

8 Lessons in Chapter 26: AEPA: Life in Antebellum America
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American Renaissance: Uniquely American Art, Literature and Culture

1. American Renaissance: Uniquely American Art, Literature and Culture

America began creating its own distinct culture in the 1800s. Learn about popular trends in art, literature, and pop culture in the antebellum era. Also, learn how religion and utopian communes changed the way some Americans lived.

Reform Movements of the 19th Century

2. Reform Movements of the 19th Century

Inspired by the Second Great Awakening and Transcendentalism, Americans started a number of social reform movements in the antebellum era, including the fight against alcohol and slavery, as well as the fight for public schools, humane prisons and asylums, and women's rights.

The Transportation Revolution: Turnpikes to Steamboats to Railroads

3. The Transportation Revolution: Turnpikes to Steamboats to Railroads

In the half-century before the Civil War, America experienced a transportation revolution that improved the way people and goods crossed the nation, opened up new areas for settlement and altered the centers of economic power.

Economic Developments in the North: A Commercial Revolution

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.

Problems of Urbanization and Daily Life in the North

5. Problems of Urbanization and Daily Life in the North

In the antebellum years, American cities grew. Find out why and what it was like to live in New York, Philadelphia and other Northern cities in the middle of the 19th century.

Life in the South: Ordered Society and Economy of the Southern States

6. 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!

Slavery in America: Cotton, Slave Trade and the Southern Response

7. Slavery in America: Cotton, Slave Trade and the Southern Response

The United Sates was conceived on the idea of freedom and the rights of all people, but early on, an institution took hold that was the exact opposite of that idea. In this lesson, find out the roots of slavery in the States, how it took hold, how slaves lived, and how they resisted the bonds of slavery.

Abolitionist Movement: Important Figures in the Fight to End Slavery

8. Abolitionist Movement: Important Figures in the Fight to End Slavery

The abolitionist movement spanned decades. Although slavery did not end peacefully, great Americans like William Lloyd Garrison, Frederick Douglass, and Harriet Beecher Stowe were some of the driving forces behind the anti-slavery movement.

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