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Ch 12: GACE Early Childhood Education: The American Civil War

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Let us aid in your review of the events leading up to the American Civil War, major personalities and battles of the war and post-Civil War America. Our video lessons and quizzes can help as you get ready for the GACE Early Childhood Education exam.

GACE Early Childhood Education: The American Civil War - Chapter Summary

Use these lessons to refresh your understanding of the American Civil War, significant leaders, battles, and life in America after the war. These lessons and quizzes will help you with the following topics on the GACE Early Childhood Education exam:

  • Precursors of war, including tension over slavery and John Brown's raid at Harper's Ferry
  • Abraham Lincoln's election and the secession of the southern states
  • The abolitionist movement
  • The start of the war and turning points, including Sherman's Atlanta Campaign and the March to the Sea
  • How the war impacted the economy and daily life on both sides
  • The Reconstruction amendments to the U.S. Constitution
  • African-Americans during Reconstruction
  • Southern life after the Civil War

Our instructors will guide you through this review of the Civil War. Our format lets you study on a computer or mobile device, and you can proceed through the lessons as your schedule permits.

Objectives of the GACE Early Childhood Education: The American Civil War Chapter

The GACE Early Childhood Education exam is required of anyone who wants certification to teach pre-k through grade 5 in Georgia. The exam contains two tests, and the material explored in this chapter is in the social studies subarea on test I. The social studies subarea comprises 25% of test I's total content.

All questions in this part of the GACE Early Childhood Education exam are multiple-choice. Some require you to read a passage, and then answer several related questions, while others stand alone. The quizzes that accompany our lessons offer experience in answering multiple-choice questions on a computer as well as letting you assess your knowledge of the subject matter.

13 Lessons in Chapter 12: GACE Early Childhood Education: The American Civil War
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Uncle Tom's Cabin and Tension Over Slavery in the 1850s

1. Uncle Tom's Cabin and Tension Over Slavery in the 1850s

Uncle Tom's Cabin captured the plight of slaves in the 1850s like no other book. The novel, coupled with the Missouri Compromise and the Fugitive Slave Act, served to further strain the country, which was at a breaking point over the issue of slavery. This lesson details these events.

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.

Lincoln's Election, Southern Secession & the New Confederacy

3. 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.

Abolitionist Movement: Important Figures in the Fight to End Slavery

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

The abolitionist movement spanned decades. Although slavery did not end peacefully, great Americans like William Lloyd Garrison, Frederick Douglass, and Harriet Beecher Stowe were some of the driving forces behind the anti-slavery movement.

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

5. 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.

How the Civil War Affected the Economy and Everyday Life in the North and South

6. How the Civil War Affected the Economy and Everyday Life in the North and South

With the strongest and most productive demographic of society away fighting in the Civil War, the task of running homes, communities, and the nation fell to those who stayed behind. The war on the home front changed their lives forever.

Civil War Turning Points: Chancellorsville, Gettysburg and Vicksburg

7. 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.

General William T. Sherman's Atlanta Campaign: Summary & Significance

8. General William T. Sherman's Atlanta Campaign: Summary & Significance

In this lesson, we will discuss General William T. Sherman's Atlanta Campaign, which took place throughout the spring and summer of 1864. During this campaign, Union troops under General Sherman marched south from Tennessee and eventually captured the Confederate city of Atlanta.

Sherman's March to the Sea

9. Sherman's March to the Sea

In 1864, General William T. Sherman began his Atlanta campaign. His success assured Lincoln's re-election in 1864. Sherman then began his destructive March to the Sea in order to capture Savannah.

Lincoln's Assassination and Lee's Surrender at Appomattox Courthouse

10. Lincoln's Assassination and Lee's Surrender at Appomattox Courthouse

Two of the most eventful weeks in American history took place between April 1 and April 15, 1865, during which Richmond (the capital of the Confederacy) fell, General Lee surrendered at Appomattox Courthouse and President Abraham Lincoln was assassinated.

The Reconstruction Amendments: The 13th, 14th and 15th Amendments

11. The Reconstruction Amendments: The 13th, 14th and 15th Amendments

Between 1865 and 1870, during the historical era known as Reconstruction, the Thirteenth, Fourteenth and Fifteenth Amendments to the U.S. Constitution were ratified to establish political equality for all Americans. Together, they are known as the Reconstruction Amendments.

Reconstruction's Effects on African Americans: Politics, Education and Economy

12. Reconstruction's Effects on African Americans: Politics, Education and Economy

The era in U.S. history known as Reconstruction presented many new opportunities to African Americans, especially in the South. For the first time, freedmen were free to pursue economic independence, education, religion and politics. These pursuits are embodied in the accomplishments of four men: Alonzo Herndon, Booker T. Washington, Jonathan Gibbs and Hiram Revels.

Life in the South After the Civil War

13. Life in the South After the Civil War

Following the Civil War, the era of Reconstruction was a difficult time for Southerners. Their land was destroyed, their political institutions were overrun by outsiders, the economy was in transition and their society was in upheaval. It was in this climate that the Ku Klux Klan was born and the Redeemers sought to reestablish the Old South.

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