Ch 9: American Civil War & Reconstruction Overview

About This Chapter

The lessons in this chapter can help you to review a range of information related to the American Civil War and the Reconstruction period following the war. These entertaining lessons can be accessed from any device and at any time to study for an exam.

American Civil War and Reconstruction - Chapter Summary

This chapter on the American Civil War can help you gain a thorough understanding of this period in history, including the causes and effects of the war. The materials in this chapter have been expertly developed to help you come to a thorough understanding of significant events, literature and legislation from this period of history. Once you've studied the lessons included in this chapter, you will be able to:

  • Discuss the famous book, Uncle Tom's Cabin, and how it related to rising tensions over slavery
  • Identify the causes and effects of Bloody Kansas
  • Describe what life was like in the South after the Civil War
  • Recognize the successes and failures of the Reconstruction period
  • Explain how the Homestead Act and Transcontinental Railroad contributed to the development of the nation

The lessons in this chapter give you multiple ways to review, with the ability to watch short videos or review a transcript of a lesson if you prefer a text-based format. After completing the final chapter exam, you're sure to feel secure in your understanding of the Civil War and Reconstruction.

6 Lessons in Chapter 9: American Civil War & Reconstruction Overview
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Uncle Tom's Cabin and Tension Over Slavery in the 1850s

1. Uncle Tom's Cabin and Tension Over Slavery in the 1850s

Uncle Tom's Cabin captured the plight of slaves in the 1850s like no other book. The novel, coupled with the Missouri Compromise and the Fugitive Slave Act, served to further strain the country, which was at a breaking point over the issue of slavery. This lesson details these events.

Bloody Kansas: Causes, Effects and Summary of Events

2. Bloody Kansas: Causes, Effects and Summary of Events

The events in the Kansas territory were a microcosm of the violent forces shaping the United States in the decade of the 1850s, forces that would ultimately lead to a disintegration of the Union itself. This lesson details what has come to be known as Bleeding Kansas and its impact on the issue of slavery.

American Civil War: Facts, Causes & Effects

3. American Civil War: Facts, Causes & Effects

In this lesson, we'll examine the American Civil War. We'll explore the causes leading to the outbreak of war, examine key battles and developments, and analyze the impact of this horrible war.

Life in the South After the Civil War

4. Life in the South After the Civil War

Following the Civil War, the era of Reconstruction was a difficult time for Southerners. Their land was destroyed, their political institutions were overrun by outsiders, the economy was in transition and their society was in upheaval. It was in this climate that the Ku Klux Klan was born and the Redeemers sought to reestablish the Old South.

Transcontinental Railroad, Homestead Act and Women's Suffrage

5. Transcontinental Railroad, Homestead Act and Women's Suffrage

In light of slavery and the issues related to it, several consequential events are often overlooked in the mid- to late-1800s: the Homestead Act, completion of the the transcontinental railroad and the push for women's suffrage.

Reconstruction Period: Goals, Success and Failures

6. Reconstruction Period: Goals, Success and Failures

Reconstruction of the South following the American Civil War lasted from 1865-1877 under three presidents. It wasn't welcomed by Southerners, and there were many problems throughout this process. But, was it successful?

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