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HiSET: Life in Antebellum America (1807-1861) - Chapter Summary
As you browse the videos and complete the quizzes in this chapter you will get a good handle on American history in the decades before the Civil War. Learn about urbanization, art and culture, economic situations, and slavery as you prepare to take the HiSET Social Studies exam. In these video lessons you will learn about:
- The American Renaissance
- 19th century reform movements
- The evolution of transportation
- Commercialism, urbanization, and daily life in the North
- Society, economy, and slavery in the South
- The Abolitionist movement's efforts and main actors
We bring this critical information about a very important period in American history alive through engaging, informative videos presented by experienced teachers of U.S. history. You can check out the lesson transcripts to see key terms and figures highlighted and skip to parts of the videos on which you need to focus using the video tags. Be sure to complete the quizzes and test to get a feel for the kinds of information you may be tested on during the actual exam.
HiSET: Life in Antebellum America (1807-1861) Chapter
The HiSET Social Studies exam is one of five tests in the HiSET series. This high school equivalency exam tests your knowledge of and ability to analyze information from U.S. and world history, civics, geography, and economics. The content of this chapter fits primarily in the history category, which accounts for 38% of the social studies test's 50 questions. It is important to remember, however, that history plays a part in all of the other areas, so understanding these lessons will help in your analysis of other kinds of questions. You will have 70 minutes to complete the social studies test, and you must do so without notes or use of any electronic devices: both are forbidden during the test.
You will get your HiSET score report in three days following computer-administered tests (3-5 for paper). To pass, you must get a score of 45 out of 100 possible with at least 8 points per sub-test. To demonstrate college readiness in a given subject area, you must score 15 of 20 points in that area. The lessons in this chapter are designed to get you well on your way in achieving these goals.
1. American Renaissance: Uniquely American Art, Literature and Culture
America began creating its own distinct culture in the 1800s. Learn about popular trends in art, literature, and pop culture in the antebellum era. Also, learn how religion and utopian communes changed the way some Americans lived.
2. Reform Movements of the 19th Century
Inspired by the Second Great Awakening and Transcendentalism, Americans started a number of social reform movements in the antebellum era, including the fight against alcohol and slavery, as well as the fight for public schools, humane prisons and asylums, and women's rights.
3. The Transportation Revolution: Turnpikes to Steamboats to Railroads
In the half-century before the Civil War, America experienced a transportation revolution that improved the way people and goods crossed the nation, opened up new areas for settlement and altered the centers of economic power.
4. Economic Developments in the North: A Commercial Revolution
In the Antebellum Era, the Northern part of the United States was revolutionized by a series of innovations, triggering a shift from an agricultural to a commercial economy. These economic changes sharpened the differences between North and South.
5. Problems of Urbanization and Daily Life in the North
In the antebellum years, American cities grew. Find out why and what it was like to live in New York, Philadelphia and other Northern cities in the middle of the 19th century.
6. Life in the South: Ordered Society and Economy of the Southern States
While the North was urbanizing and industrializing, the South became more committed to its rural, leisurely lifestyle and its agricultural economy built on slave labor. Limited industry did exist, but cotton was king!
7. Slavery in America: Cotton, Slave Trade and the Southern Response
The United Sates was conceived on the idea of freedom and the rights of all people, but early on, an institution took hold that was the exact opposite of that idea. In this lesson, find out the roots of slavery in the States, how it took hold, how slaves lived, and how they resisted the bonds of slavery.
8. 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.
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