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Ch 14: Chapter 14: The Nation Divided (1846-1861)

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The Nation Divided chapter of this Prentice Hall America Textbook Companion Course helps students learn the essential history lessons of pre-Civil War tensions. Each of these simple and fun video lessons is about five minutes long and is sequenced to align with The Nation Divided textbook chapter.

How it works:

  • Identify the lessons in Prentice Hall America's The Nation Divided chapter with which you need help.
  • Find the corresponding video lessons within this companion course chapter.
  • Watch fun videos that cover the topics on pre-Civil War tensions that you need to learn or review.
  • Complete the quizzes to test your understanding.
  • If you need additional help, rewatch the videos until you've mastered the material or submit a question for one of our instructors.

Students will learn:

  • Impact of the Dred Scott v. Sandford decision
  • John Brown's Raid at Harpers Ferry
  • Causes and effects of Bloody Kansas
  • Significance of the 1858 Lincoln-Douglas debates
  • Southern response to Lincoln's election

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5 Lessons in Chapter 14: Chapter 14: The Nation Divided (1846-1861)
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Dred Scott v. Sanford: Case Summary & Decision

1. Dred Scott v. Sanford: Case Summary & Decision

In this lesson, we will explore the famous Dred Scott v. Sanford Supreme Court case. We will learn about the case's background, the court's findings, and the impact of this landmark decision.

John Brown's Raid at Harpers Ferry: Fighting Slavery

2. John Brown's Raid at Harpers Ferry: Fighting Slavery

John Brown was a man of strong convictions - so strong that he was willing to fight, to kill, and to die for them. These abolitionist beliefs led him from Kansas to Virginia, where he would pay the ultimate price. This lesson tells that story.

Bloody Kansas: Causes, Effects and Summary of Events

3. 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.

The Lincoln-Douglas Debates of 1858: Summary & Significance

4. The Lincoln-Douglas Debates of 1858: Summary & Significance

In an effort to secure their own appointments to the U.S. Senate, Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Douglas squared off in a series of seven debates in 1858. Find out why Douglas might have won in the short term but Lincoln won in the long term.

Lincoln's Election, Southern Secession & the New Confederacy

5. 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.

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