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Ch 39: FTCE Social Science: Life in Antebellum America

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Review specifics of life in antebellum America in this chapter of the FTCE Social Science exam study guide. These video lessons and their related quizzes refresh your understanding of all you need to know about American life prior to the Civil War in preparation for the exam.

FTCE Social Science: Life in Antebellum America - Chapter Summary

This chapter details life in antebellum America to help you prepare for related questions on the FTCE Social Science exam. Once you complete this chapter, you should be familiar with:

  • Art, literature and culture throughout the American Renaissance
  • Reform movements of the 19th century
  • The transportation and commercial revolutions
  • Southern economy, slave trade, and cotton
  • Abolitionism and its important figures

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7 Lessons in Chapter 39: FTCE Social Science: Life in Antebellum America
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American Renaissance: Uniquely American Art, Literature and Culture

1. American Renaissance: Uniquely American Art, Literature and Culture

American culture started to take shape before the Civil War, but after the War of 1812, a wave of uniquely American art and literature marked the beginning of what is known as the American Renaissance. Learn how Romanticism, the Hudson River School of landscape painting, writers Walt Whitman and Louisa May Alcott, and the Transcendentalism movement.

Reform Movements of the 19th Century

2. Reform Movements of the 19th Century

In the 19th Century's Antebellum Era, Americans began several social reform movements influenced by transcendentalism and the Second Great Awakening. Learn about temperance and abolition and explore the reforms they inspired and reform leaders like Horace Mann, Dorothea Dix, Lucretia Mott, and Elizabeth Cady Stanton.

The Transportation Revolution: Turnpikes to Steamboats to Railroads

3. The Transportation Revolution: Turnpikes to Steamboats to Railroads

In the decades before the Civil War, the United States experienced the transportation revolution. Learn about the turnpikes, steamboats and canals, and railroads built during this time and understand how these changed cities like New York, Chicago, and Baltimore. Explore how the rest of the nation was affected by these changes.

Economic Developments in the North: A Commercial Revolution

4. Economic Developments in the North: A Commercial Revolution

Economic developments in the North created a commercial revolution through manufacturing. This lesson looks at the differences between the North and the South, inventors and inventions of the 19th century, and the effects of Northern Commerce.

Life in the South: Ordered Society and Economy of the Southern States

5. Life in the South: Ordered Society and Economy of the Southern States

During the Antebellum period, the North evolved into an industrialized economy, whereas the South relied on agriculture and slave labor. Learn about the Southern economy, the significance of class structure in society, and how an agricultural economy dependent on slave labor impacted Southern views on slavery.

Slavery in America: Cotton, Slave Trade and the Southern Response

6. Slavery in America: Cotton, Slave Trade and the Southern Response

Although slavery contradicted the American ideals of freedom, it was widespread across the country in the 17th and 18th centuries and foundational to the growth of the American economy. Learn about the history of slavery in America, how slavery spread, the slave trade, and slave revolts.

Abolitionist Movement: Important Figures in the Fight to End Slavery

7. Abolitionist Movement: Important Figures in the Fight to End Slavery

Americans like David Walker, William Lloyd Garrison, Frederick Douglas, and Harriet Beecher Stowe drove the battle to end slavery. Learn about the decades of work that the abolitionist movement took as well as some of the strong figures who were integral in this movement and, ultimately, the abolishment of slavery.

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