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Ch 11: American Civil War (1861-1865): Help and Review

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The American Civil War (1861-1865) chapter of this AP U.S. History Help and Review course is the simplest way to master the Civil War. This chapter uses simple and fun videos that are about five minutes long, plus lesson quizzes and a chapter exam to ensure students learn the essentials of the American Civil War.

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Anyone who needs help learning or mastering AP U.S. history material will benefit from taking this course. There is no faster or easier way to learn AP U.S. history. Among those who would benefit are:

  • Students who have fallen behind in understanding Northern and Southern military capabilities and the American Civil War
  • Students who struggle with learning disabilities or learning differences, including autism and ADHD
  • Students who prefer multiple ways of learning history (visual or auditory)
  • Students who have missed class time and need to catch up
  • Students who need an efficient way to learn about the American Civil War
  • Students who struggle to understand their teachers
  • Students who attend schools without extra history learning resources

How it works:

  • Find videos in our course that cover what you need to learn or review.
  • Press play and watch the video lesson.
  • Refer to the video transcripts to reinforce your learning.
  • Test your understanding of each lesson with short quizzes.
  • Verify you're ready by completing the American Civil War chapter exam.

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Students will review:

This chapter helps students review the concepts in an American Civil War unit of a standard AP U.S. history course. Topics covered include:

  • How the Civil War began and ended
  • Important Civil war battles and turning points
  • The Emancipation Proclamation
  • How the Civil War impacted daily life and the economy
  • The assassination of President Lincoln

23 Lessons in Chapter 11: American Civil War (1861-1865): Help and Review
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Civil War Begins: Northern and Southern Advantages Compared

1. 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

2. 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

3. 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

4. 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

5. 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

6. 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

7. 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.

Sherman's March to the Sea

8. Sherman's March to the Sea

In 1864, General William T. Sherman began his Atlanta campaign. His success assured Lincoln's re-election in 1864. Sherman then began his destructive March to the Sea in order to capture Savannah.

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.

Abraham Lincoln's A House Divided Speech

10. Abraham Lincoln's A House Divided Speech

In this lesson you will learn about the events that lead up to Abraham Lincoln's ~'A House Divided~' speech. The lesson also explains the political atmosphere of 1858 and the lasting legacy of Lincoln's monumental words.

Battle at Fort Sumter: Summary, Facts & Map

11. Battle at Fort Sumter: Summary, Facts & Map

Fort Sumter was a U.S. military installation in Charleston Harbor where the first shots of the American Civil War were fired on April 12, 1861. The Fort, held by Union soldiers at the time, fell to Confederates the next day.

Battle of Bentonville: Facts & Summary

12. Battle of Bentonville: Facts & Summary

The Battle of Bentonville was one of the final battles of the American Civil War. In this lesson, learn about the reasoning behind the engagement, the battle, and its impact on ending all conflict in the Southern theater.

Battle of Gettysburg: Facts, Summary & Significance

13. Battle of Gettysburg: Facts, Summary & Significance

The Battle of Gettysburg, fought in July 1863, was a Union victory that stopped Confederate General Robert E. Lee's second invasion of the North. More than 50,000 men fell as casualties during the 3-day battle, making it the bloodiest battle of the American Civil War.

Battle of Shiloh: Facts, Summary & Significance

14. Battle of Shiloh: Facts, Summary & Significance

The Battle of Shiloh was fought on April 6 and 7, 1862, and resulted in a Union victory. With more than 23,000 casualties, Shiloh was the first battle of the Civil War that saw large-scale death and suffering.

Booker T. Washington: Views on Education & Slavery

15. Booker T. Washington: Views on Education & Slavery

This lesson discusses Booker T. Washington's life as a slave, his views about education, and his approach to helping African Americans become independent businessmen. Learn more about the beliefs of this influential educator and take a quiz to test your knowledge.

Civil War Border States: Definition & Significance

16. Civil War Border States: Definition & Significance

The American Civil War was fought primarily between the industrialized Northern states and the predominately agrarian Southern states. In between these lay the Border States. This lesson will reveal the states included in the Border States and the significance of each to the war effort.

General George Custer: Facts & Biography

17. General George Custer: Facts & Biography

George Custer was a Union general and cavalry officer in the American Civil War and in the Indian Wars of the 1870s. He was killed along with his men at the Battle of Little Bighorn in 1876.

Secede: Definition & Implications

18. Secede: Definition & Implications

In this lesson, you will learn what it means to secede and why this act is so important in military and political affairs. When you're done, test your new knowledge with the quiz.

John Bell Hood & the Civil War: Quotes, Facts & Biography

19. John Bell Hood & the Civil War: Quotes, Facts & Biography

John B. Hood was a Confederate cavalry officer known for his aggressive fighting skills. However, he nearly annihilated the Army of Tennessee and he lost his command.

King Cotton: Cotton Diplomacy & the Civil War

20. King Cotton: Cotton Diplomacy & the Civil War

King Cotton Diplomacy was the Confederate strategy during the Civil War to withhold cotton from Europe to draw them into war. This study looks closely at the effects of such a policy.

The Liberator Newspaper and William Lloyd Garrison

21. The Liberator Newspaper and William Lloyd Garrison

William Lloyd Garrison was a passionate voice in the abolitionist movement. Find out how a kid from a financially challenged family and without much education became an influential part of America's dialogue on slavery.

Abraham Lincoln's Personality Traits

22. Abraham Lincoln's Personality Traits

You might know Abraham Lincoln as the president who freed the slaves, but do you know what he was like as a person? Complete this lesson to learn about Lincoln's grief, compassion, patriotism, and sense of humor.

American Civil War Overview Flashcards

American Civil War Overview Flashcards

This set of flashcards will take you start to finish through the battles, leaders, and resolution of the U.S. Civil War. Learn about the bloodiest day in American history, the divisions between the states, and test your knowledge of crucial dates and events.

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