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Ch 47: GACE History: American Civil War

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Review the causes, effects, and events that shaped the American Civil War to prepare for the GACE History exam. Our video lessons are fun to watch, and you can test your knowledge of the content by taking the quizzes that are available throughout the chapter.

GACE History: American Civil War - Chapter Summary

Let us prepare you for the GACE History exam by exploring the battles and political changes that made up the Civil War, as well as the lasting impact that it had on the United States. Following along through the chapter will prepare you for answering the types of exam questions that pertain to the following ideas:

  • How the northern and southern sides compared in terms of advantages
  • Why the first and second Battles of Bull Run are historically significant
  • How each noteworthy battle impacted the Civil War
  • The life of Sitting Bull
  • Ways in which the Civil War affected U.S. economy
  • Events that shaped the Emancipation Proclamation
  • Which turning points shifted the course of the Civil War
  • The historical impacts of Lincoln's assassination and Lee's surrender

You'll be able to follow along with each topic at your own pace by watching as our instructors guide you through the lessons. By reviewing these key topics, you'll have a well-rounded understanding of the American Civil War before taking the exam.

GACE History: American Civil War Chapter Objectives

Prospective history teachers must pass the GACE History exam to demonstrate their readiness to teach secondary-level history in the state of Georgia. The content presented in this chapter will correspond with the topics covered in the subarea that addresses U.S. history up to 1877, which makes up approximately 40% of Test II. These lessons allow you to refresh your knowledge of important American Civil War facts, and the corresponding quizzes let you take a peek at the kinds of questions you'll encounter on the real exam.

The test questions will appear in selected-response format. You'll need to identify the best answer pertaining to a historical event or concept by selecting an answer from a drop-down menu, clicking a section on a graphic or sentence, or writing in your own response, among other answering methods.

11 Lessons in Chapter 47: GACE History: American Civil War
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Civil War Begins: Northern and Southern Advantages Compared

1. 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

2. 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.

Key Civil War Battles in 1862: Monitor and Merrimac, Antietam, New Orleans & Shiloh

3. Key Civil War Battles in 1862: Monitor and Merrimac, Antietam, New Orleans & Shiloh

In 1862, the Union put its Anaconda Plan into action, resulting in several critical events: the Peninsular Campaign, the Battle of Hampton Roads between the ironclads Monitor and Virginia (Merrimack), the Battle of Shiloh, the capture of New Orleans, and the Battle of Antietam.

The Second Battle of Bull Run: Summary & Facts

4. The Second Battle of Bull Run: Summary & Facts

Second Battle of Bull Run was fought on August 28 and 29, 1862. It was a major Confederate victory that gave Robert E. Lee the momentum necessary to push north into Northern terrritory. There were over 22,000 combined casualties during the battle.

Sitting Bull: Facts, History & Timeline

5. Sitting Bull: Facts, History & Timeline

The United States government has an extensive history of mistreating Indian tribes and forcing tribal leaders into signing treaties. One of the most recognized cases of mistreatment was the treatment of the Lakota Sioux tribe of the Great Plains. Learn here about Chief Sitting Bull's life and battles with the United States government.

The Emancipation Proclamation: Creation, Context and Legacy

6. The Emancipation Proclamation: Creation, Context and Legacy

On January 1, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation went into effect. More than three million slaves in the South were freed, but the move was not without its critics, both then and now.

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

7. 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

8. 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.

End of the Civil War: General Grant Begins the March Toward Richmond

9. End of the Civil War: General Grant Begins the March Toward Richmond

President Lincoln took a gamble and named Ulysses S. Grant as General-in-Chief of the Union army. They devised a plan to finally take Richmond and win the war in 1864. In this lesson, learn about General Grant's controversial tactics.

Sherman's March to the Sea

10. 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

11. 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.

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