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Defining American Culture - Chapter Summary
Examine the lessons in this chapter for information on the elements that have gone into defining American culture. Lesson subject matter includes the leaders and timeline of the abolitionist movement in America, and diverse cultures and their contributions to American society. Other lesson topics include:
- Contributions women have made to American life
- The history and importance of freedom of religion
- 19th-century reform movements
The chapter is made up of short text and video lessons. A quiz is included with each lesson for self-assessment. Progress through these studies can be tracked on the dashboard.
1. Contributions of Diverse Cultures on American Identity
Diverse cultures have had a strong effect on American identity. From common denominators like food and celebrations to economic and linguistic contributions, these cultures have contributed greatly to what it means to be an American.
2. Contributions of Women to American Society
From tirelessly campaigning for the right to vote, to serving important roles in many of our nation's conflicts, women have contributed much to our society. Their accomplishments have set records, changed the face of politics, and established a firm place for women in American society.
3. What is Freedom of Religion? - Definition, History & Importance
In this lesson, we will learn about the freedom of religion. We will take a closer look at the rationale behind the freedom, the specific clauses of the freedom of religion and what it means to society today.
4. Reform Movements of the 19th Century
Inspired by the Second Great Awakening and Transcendentalism, Americans started a number of social reform movements in the antebellum era, including the fight against alcohol and slavery, as well as the fight for public schools, humane prisons and asylums, and women's rights.
5. Abolitionist Movement in America: Leaders, Definition & Timeline
The abolitionist movement in America exposed sectional crises, moving both the North and South closer to Civil War. Develop an understanding of the Abolitionist movement in America. Test your knowledge with a short quiz.
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Other chapters within the STAAR Social Studies - Grade 8: Test Prep & Practice course
- European Exploration & Colonization in America
- The Revolutionary Era
- Important People of the Revolutionary War
- Early American Government
- Jacksonian America
- Westward Expansion in America
- Sectionalism in the U.S.
- The American Civil War Era
- Famous Addresses of the American Civil War
- Significant Civil War Era Figures
- The Reconstruction Era After the American Civil War
- American Geography Overview
- History of American Immigration
- History of American Arts
- Principles of American Government
- Origin of Self-Government
- U.S. Supreme Court Cases & Decisions
- American Citizenship Overview
- American Political Parties & Interest Groups
- American Leadership & Contributions
- History of American Economics
- Impact of Science & Technology on American Society
- Social Studies Skills
- About the STARR Tests
- STAAR Social Studies - Grade 8 Flashcards