Ch 4: Causes of the Civil War: Help and Review

About This Chapter

The Causes of the Civil War chapter of this Civil War and Reconstruction Help and Review course is the simplest way to master the causes of 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 Civil War's causes.

Who's it for?

Anyone who needs help learning or mastering Civil War and Reconstruction history material will benefit from taking this course. There is no faster or easier way to learn about this era of American history. Among those who would benefit are:

  • Students who have fallen behind in understanding the causes of Southern secession or the outcomes of the Civil War's first battles
  • 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 causes of the 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 Causes of the Civil War chapter exam.

Why it works:

  • Study Efficiently: Skip what you know, review what you don't.
  • Retain What You Learn: Engaging animations and real-life examples make topics easy to grasp.
  • Be Ready on Test Day: Use the Causes of the Civil War chapter exam to be prepared.
  • Get Extra Support: Ask our subject-matter experts any question about the Civil War's causes. They're here to help!
  • Study With Flexibility: Watch videos on any web-ready device.

Students will review:

This chapter helps students review the concepts in an early unit of a standard Civil War and Reconstruction course. Topics covered include:

  • Secession of the Southern states
  • The creation of the Confederacy
  • Advantages of the North and South
  • The Battle of Fort Sumter
  • The First Battle of Bull Run
  • The Battle of Ball's Bluff

6 Lessons in Chapter 4: Causes of the Civil War: Help and Review
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
Secession of the Southern States: Causes & Timeline

1. Secession of the Southern States: Causes & Timeline

In this lesson, we will explore the secession of the 11 states that made up the Confederate States of America. We will discover their reasons for leaving the Union and take a look at the motives of the slave states that chose not to join the Confederacy.

The Creation of the Confederacy: Leadership & Goals

2. The Creation of the Confederacy: Leadership & Goals

In this lesson, we will take a look at the 1861 creation of the Confederate States of America. We will examine the new country's government, meet its leaders, and learn about its goals.

The Battle of Fort Sumter & the Start of the Civil War

3. The Battle of Fort Sumter & the Start of the Civil War

South Carolina's attack on a U.S. military outpost triggered the American Civil War. Learn more about the Battle of Fort Sumter and the consequences of the fort's surrender to the Confederacy.

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.

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

5. 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.

The Battle of Ball's Bluff: Summary & Political Ramifications

6. The Battle of Ball's Bluff: Summary & Political Ramifications

In this lesson, we will study the Battle of Ball's Bluff, which took place on October 21, 1861. We will examine the actions leading up to the battle, the battle itself, and the political ramifications that occurred as a result of the battle.

Chapter Practice Exam
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Practice Final Exam
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