Ch 46: GACE History: Sectional Crisis

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Let us show you the sectional crisis that developed between the North and the South in the years leading up to the American Civil War, as part of your preparation for the GACE History Exam. These video lessons and self-assessment quizzes combine to give you a powerful approach to answering the questions on the test correctly.

GACE History: Sectional Crisis - Chapter Summary

Use the lessons that make up this chapter to structure your review of the sectional division leading up to the Civil War, in preparation for the GACE History Exam. The videos go over all the important points so you are ready for the test, including:

  • Tension over slavery during the 1850s
  • The abolitionist movement
  • Bloody Kansas
  • Dred Scott
  • Harper's Ferry
  • The Lincoln-Douglas debates of 1858
  • The election of Lincoln, secession, and the Confederacy
  • Fort Sumter and the start of the Civil War

Our expert instructors discuss all the highlights from this period in clear and compelling language. The lessons themselves are available as both brief animated videos and full transcripts. Having several approaches to the material will help make your studying more effective as well as more enjoyable.

Objectives of the GACE History: Sectional Crisis Chapter

The GACE History exam includes two separate tests, one on world history and the other on American history. You need to pass both to be eligible for a teacher's license in the state of Georgia. The topics in this Sectional Crisis chapter fall under Test II, Subarea II: United States History from 1877 to the Present, which makes up 40% of the test questions on Test II. by taking the self-assessment quizzes that come with the video lessons, you can gauge your mastery of the material and gain some practice with the types of questions that will appear on the exam.

The type of questions on the GACE History exam are known as selected-response questions. These are passages and questions followed by several possible answers, only one of which is correct.

8 Lessons in Chapter 46: GACE History: Sectional Crisis
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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.

Abolitionist Movement: Important Figures in the Fight to End Slavery

2. 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.

Bloody Kansas: Causes, Effects and Summary of Events

3. Bloody Kansas: Causes, Effects and Summary of Events

The events in the Kansas territory were a microcosm of the violent forces shaping the United States in the decade of the 1850s, forces that would ultimately lead to a disintegration of the Union itself. This lesson details what has come to be known as Bleeding Kansas and its impact on the issue of slavery.

Dred Scott v. Sanford and President Buchanan

4. Dred Scott v. Sanford and President Buchanan

The Dred Scott decision was one of the most important turning points in the debate over slavery in the United States. It came during the presidency of James Buchanan, a man well qualified but ill suited for the job of keeping the nation together. This lesson discusses both as we attempt to understand the dynamics that led to the American Civil War.

John Brown's Raid at Harpers Ferry: Fighting Slavery

5. 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.

The Lincoln-Douglas Debates of 1858: Summary & Significance

6. The Lincoln-Douglas Debates of 1858: Summary & Significance

In an effort to secure their own appointments to the U.S. Senate, Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Douglas squared off in a series of seven debates in 1858. Find out why Douglas might have won in the short term but Lincoln won in the long term.

Lincoln's Election, Southern Secession & the New Confederacy

7. 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.

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

8. 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.

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