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Ch 40: America's Civil War

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This chapter is arranged to maximize your understanding of America's Civil War. The lessons cover sectionalism in U.S. history, Lincoln's election, southern secession, and New Confederacy, and more!

America's Civil War - Chapter Summary

In this chapter, you can refresh your knowledge of the American Civil War, including its causes and impacts and the differences between the North and South. The lessons also cover the turning points of the Civil War and the different costs of the war. After this chapter, you will be able to:

  • Define sectionalism in U.S. history
  • Summarize Lincoln's election, the Southern secession and the new confederacy
  • Identify the causes and impacts of the Civil War
  • Compare the Northern and Southern advantages in the Civil War
  • Indicate the Civil War turning points at Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, and Vicksburg
  • Explain the human, economic and cultural costs of the war

The lessons in this chapter are presented in manageable pieces for you to assess your understanding of America's Civil War. Professional instructors design and teach all the lessons. You'll also have access to self-assessment quizzes and transcripts of all the video lessons. Through your Dashboard, you can track your progress through the chapter.

6 Lessons in Chapter 40: America's Civil War
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Sectionalism in U.S. History: Definition & Conflict

1. Sectionalism in U.S. History: Definition & Conflict

How did the United States end up in a bloody civil war? In this lesson, we are going to explore the rising sectionalism that divided the nation in almost every way possible across the 40 years leading up to the Civil War.

Lincoln's Election, Southern Secession & the New Confederacy

2. Lincoln's Election, Southern Secession & the New Confederacy

Learn about how Abraham Lincoln's election in the contentious 1860 presidential race set off a domino effect leading to the secession of South Carolina and six other states and the formation of the Confederate States of America.

The American Civil War: Causes & Impacts

3. The American Civil War: Causes & Impacts

There were many political, economic, and social factors that led to the Civil War. In this lesson, we'll explore the causes of this war and its impact on the country.

Civil War Begins: Northern and Southern Advantages Compared

4. 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.

Civil War Turning Points: Chancellorsville, Gettysburg and Vicksburg

5. 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.

The Costs of the Civil War: Human, Economic & Cultural

6. The Costs of the Civil War: Human, Economic & Cultural

This lesson will explore the costs of the Civil War. We will examine the economic costs of the four-year conflict; its cultural costs, especially in the South; and its human costs, particularly casualties and veterans' post-war experiences.

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