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Ch 10: HiSET: Sectional Crisis (1850-1861)

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The videos in this chapter will provide you with an overview of events leading up to the American Civil War. You can use this resource to better study for the social studies portion of the HiSET exam.

HiSET: Sectional Crisis (1850-1861) - Chapter Summary

These lessons can help prepare to answer questions concerning the period right before the Civil War on the HiSET social studies exam. The videos guide you through the following topics:

  • Increasing strain over slavery
  • Key Supreme Court cases dealing with slavery
  • The raid on Harpers Ferry
  • Lincoln-Douglas debates
  • Events in Lincoln's early presidency

You can view any of the videos in this chapter as much as you would like. You can also jump around to main points in any of the videos using video tags, so you can study as much or as little as you need to feel prepared for the HiSET.

HiSET: Sectional Crisis (1850-1861) Objectives

The social studies subtest of the HiSET asks questions on civics and government, history, economics and geography. The history section, which makes up 38% of the subtest, will ask you to identify key points in history, as well as determine legitimate source material and recognize adequate information. This Sectional Crisis chapter will help you detect accurate information when you are presented with questions on this topic during the exam.

The HiSET is a high school equivalency exam that includes five tests covering common high school subjects. The social studies test is designed to take approximately 70 minutes and involves 50 multiple-choice questions. You'll be able to preview these types of questions when taking the quizzes provided at the end of every lesson.

6 Lessons in Chapter 10: HiSET: Sectional Crisis (1850-1861)
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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.

Bloody Kansas: Causes, Effects and Summary of Events

2. 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

3. 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

4. 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

5. 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

6. 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.

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