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

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The American Civil War (1861-1865) chapter of this AP US History Homework Help course helps students complete their American Civil War homework and earn better grades. This homework help resource uses simple and fun videos that are about five minutes long.

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  • Identify which concepts are covered on your American Civil War homework.
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Topics from your homework you'll be able to complete:

  • Strengths and weaknesses of the Union and the Confederacy at the start of the Civil War
  • Key Civil War battles
  • The Emancipation Proclamation
  • Effects of the war on the economy and everyday life
  • Turning points of the war
  • Sherman's march to the sea
  • Lincoln's assassination and Lee's surrender

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

1. Civil War Begins: Northern and Southern Advantages Compared

Leaders on both sides thought of the Civil War that began with an attack on Ft. Sumter in 1861 would end quickly, but each side had numerous advantages that would enable both armies to prolong the war. Compare these advantages of the Northern and Southern sides and each side's ability to fight a longer, bloodier war than most had envisioned.

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

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

The Battle of Bull Run was the first substantial engagement of the Civil War. Learn about the battle, which resulted in some 5,000 casualties, the events that led to the skirmish, and the aftermath of the blood that was shed by both the North and the South during the first significant battle of the Civil War.

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

The Union's Anaconda Plan for the Civil War led to several key battles in 1862. Learn about the battle between the ironclads Monitor and Merrimac in the Battle of Hampton Roads, review the Battle of Shiloh, which led to the fall of New Orleans, and explore the setbacks in the Battle of Antietam.

The Emancipation Proclamation: Creation, Context and Legacy

4. The Emancipation Proclamation: Creation, Context and Legacy

On Jan. 1, 1863, more than three million slaves held mostly in southern states in America were freed by President Abraham Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation. Learn about the creation, context, legacy, and explore contemporary controversies of the Emancipation Proclamation.

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

The Civil War affected the lives of virtually every man, woman, and child living in America between April 1861 and April 1865. Learn about the impacts of the Civil War on the economies of the North and South, and discover the roles that women played during the war, and how the war transformed entire communities.

Civil War Turning Points: Chancellorsville, Gettysburg and Vicksburg

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

Three battles in 1863 were turning points in the Civil War. Learn how the battles at Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, and Vicksburg during the third year of the war and explore the decisions of generals on both sides.

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

Learn how the Civil War ended and how General Ulysses S. Grant began the march toward Richmond, Va. Explore General Grant's successes and failures in the battles of 1864, and how President Abraham Lincoln resisted calls to replace Grant.

Sherman's March to the Sea

8. Sherman's March to the Sea

In 1864, General Ulysses S. Grant ordered General William Tecumseh Sherman to capture Atlanta, Georgia, before heading toward the coast in an attempt to secure President Lincoln's reelection and end the Civil War. Learn more about the path of destruction Sherman and his men carved from Atlanta to Savannah, infamously known as Sherman's March to the Sea, and its effects on the 1864 election.

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

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

Several significant events in American history took place in the last two weeks of the Civil War in 1865. Explore the history of Richmond Falls and learn about General Lee's surrender and President Lincoln's Assassination.

Battle at Cold Harbor: Summary & Facts

10. Battle at Cold Harbor: Summary & Facts

The Battle of Cold Harbor was fought between troops commanded by Union General Ulysses S Grant and Confederate General Robert E Lee. Learn more about the battle and the efforts of General Grant to out-strategize General Lee, then examine the aftermath.

Battle of Chancellorsville: Facts, Summary & Significance

11. Battle of Chancellorsville: Facts, Summary & Significance

The Battle of Chancellorsville was one of the bloodiest battles of the American Civil War and resulted in 30,000 combined causalities. Learn about the battle plans and commanders of the Battle of Chancellorsville and the significance of the battle on the outcome of the Civil War.

Battle of the Wilderness: Summary & History

12. Battle of the Wilderness: Summary & History

The Battle of the Wilderness was fought in 1864 during the Civil War. Explore the outcome of the Battle of the Wilderness, which was one battle in the Overland Campaign, as well as the promotion to Lieutenant General of the Union Army's Ulysses S. Grant.

Chattel Slavery: Definition and America

13. Chattel Slavery: Definition and America

Examine the history of chattel slavery and uncover how it was practiced in America. Review a definition of chattel slavery, view types of slavery, explore origins of American slavery, and look at chattel slavery in the northern and southern states.

General Irvin McDowell at Bull Run: History & Facts

14. General Irvin McDowell at Bull Run: History & Facts

General Irvin McDowell commanded Union troops at the First Battle of Bull Run. Learn more about McDowell, including his early life, military career, and the consequences of his failed military strategy at Bull Run.

General William Tecumseh Sherman: Facts & History

15. General William Tecumseh Sherman: Facts & History

General William Tecumseh Sherman led the Union Army in significant battles during the American Civil War followed by campaigns against Native Americans. Explore Sherman's early life, major victories against the Confederates, his post-war career, and his legacy.

Scalawags in the Civil War: Definition & Explanation

16. Scalawags in the Civil War: Definition & Explanation

The term 'scalawag' is a relic of the Reconstruction Era which followed the Civil War. Learn the definition of scalawags and the role they played in the South during Reconstruction.

William Henry Seward in the Civil War: Facts & History

17. William Henry Seward in the Civil War: Facts & History

William Henry Seward was Secretary of State to President Abraham Lincoln during the American Civil War. Examine Seward's early political career and his role during the war and discover how he helped President Andrew Johnson acquire Alaska.

Confederate Ironclad Ships During the Civil War

18. Confederate Ironclad Ships During the Civil War

In this lesson, the reader will learn about ironclad warships that fought on the side of the Confederacy during the Civil War, their construction, famous battles, and future significance.

Union Ironclad Ships During the Civil War

19. Union Ironclad Ships During the Civil War

This lesson instructs the reader regarding ironclad ships used by the Union Navy during the Civil War: names of famous ships, discusses types of ironclads, and talks about their impact on the present navy.

The Pottawatomie Massacre

20. The Pottawatomie Massacre

The Pottawatomie Massacre involved the murder of five pro-slavery men in Kansas by the abolitionist John Brown and his sons. These dramatic events were part of a larger civil war in Kansas over slavery.

Reparations: Definition & Overview

21. Reparations: Definition & Overview

In this lesson, you will learn about reparations. First you will learn the definition of reparations, and how they have been paid and thought of historically. Then, you will dig into the debate over American slavery reparations.

Reparations for Slavery

22. Reparations for Slavery

Slavery was abolished in 1865, but the legacies of this institution may have lived on. In this lesson, we're going to explore the history of reparations, and see how this relates to the legacies of slavery in American history.

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