Ch 48: GACE History: Reconstruction & the Gilded Age

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Dust off your knowledge of America in the post-Civil War years with these lessons. Our videos and quizzes can help you get ready for questions on this period when you take the GACE History exam.

GACE History: Reconstruction & the Gilded Age - Chapter Summary

As you prepare for the GACE History exam, this chapter's lessons can aid in your review of the Reconstruction period and also the events of America's Gilded Age. These videos will help you answer exam questions on the following:

  • Describing Abraham Lincoln's plans for restoring the union, and Andrew Johnson's attempt to continue them
  • Reviewing Johnson's impeachment
  • Identifying corruption and successes in the administration of Ulysses S. Grant
  • Analyzing the Reconstruction amendments to the Constitution
  • Exploring the African-American experience after the Civil War
  • Looking at westward expansion and the Indian wars
  • Understanding the conquest and assimilation of Native Americans
  • Examining the goals, successes and failures of the Reconstruction period

These lessons can be reviewed as your schedule allows, on a computer, phone or tablet. You can take your time in moving through the chapter, and the video tags in each lesson allow you to go back and re-watch a particular topic without having to search through the entire movie.

Objectives of the GACE History: Reconstruction & the Gilded Age - Chapter

In Georgia, all teachers seeking certification in history must pass the GACE History exam. The exam has two subtests, and questions on the topics covered in this chapter will assist you in answering questions on test II, 40% of which looks at United States history through 1877, when Reconstruction ended.

The exam is administered on computer, and all questions are selected-response. Some of the questions stand alone, but others are grouped together, related to a reading passage, table or graph. The quizzes that accompany our video lessons will let you gauge your learning and help you see what might need to review before you take the test.

13 Lessons in Chapter 48: GACE History: Reconstruction & the Gilded Age
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President Lincoln's Legacy: Plans for a Reconstructed Union

1. President Lincoln's Legacy: Plans for a Reconstructed Union

Before the guns of the American Civil War fell silent, President Abraham Lincoln was making plans for the reconstruction of the South. In this lesson, learn what his plans involved and the controversy surrounding them.

President Andrew Johnson: Attempts to Continue Lincoln's Reconstruction Plan

2. President Andrew Johnson: Attempts to Continue Lincoln's Reconstruction Plan

When President Abraham Lincoln was assassinated, the task of Reconstruction fell to President Andrew Johnson. He was soon at odds with many different factions in the nation. While Johnson was not successful in domestic policy, his administration had a few foreign successes.

The Impeachment of Andrew Johnson: Conflict Between President and Congress

3. The Impeachment of Andrew Johnson: Conflict Between President and Congress

Congressional Reconstruction, guided by Radical Republicans, aggressively pursued political equality for African Americans as defined by several pieces of legislation and the 14th Amendment. Conflict between Congress and President Andrew Johnson escalated until he was impeached.

President Ulysses S. Grant: Election, Successes and Corruption

4. President Ulysses S. Grant: Election, Successes and Corruption

Ulysses S. Grant, the Union hero of the Civil War, was elected in 1868, the last U.S. president to have been a slave owner. Despite his popularity, the nation faced social, economic and political difficulties, and his administration was shrouded in corruption.

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

5. 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

6. 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

7. 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.

Westward Expansion: The Homestead Act of 1862 & the Frontier Thesis

8. Westward Expansion: The Homestead Act of 1862 & the Frontier Thesis

Between the mid-1800s and the turn of the 20th century, the American frontier opened and closed abruptly. What factors influenced this land rush, and how did it help shape American history?

Expanding the Transcontinental Railroad: History and Impact

9. Expanding the Transcontinental Railroad: History and Impact

After decades of wrangling, plans were finalized for construction of a transcontinental railroad during the Civil War. After completion in 1869, the railroad changed many aspects of American life, for better or worse.

The Indian Wars: Struggle Between Native Americans and Settlers

10. The Indian Wars: Struggle Between Native Americans and Settlers

As America expanded into the West, whites often encroached on Indian land and resources. Many Native Americans defended their territory, leading to a series of conflicts known as the Indian Wars.

Native Americans: Conflict, Conquest and Assimilation During the Gilded Age

11. Native Americans: Conflict, Conquest and Assimilation During the Gilded Age

In the second half of the 19th century, the federal government attempted to control Native American nations. This led to violent conflicts known together as the Indian Wars. Learn about famous battles, and the attempt to 'civilize' tribes through various policies.

The End of Reconstruction and the Election of 1876

12. The End of Reconstruction and the Election of 1876

Since the end of the Civil War in 1865, Republicans had tried to Reconstruct the South and secure equal rights for African American men. But a series of factors convened to bring Reconstruction to an end in 1877.

Reconstruction Period: Goals, Success and Failures

13. Reconstruction Period: Goals, Success and Failures

Reconstruction of the South following the American Civil War lasted from 1865-1877 under three presidents. It wasn't welcomed by Southerners, and there were many problems throughout this process. But, was it successful?

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