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Ch 20: History Alive America's Past Chapter 20: The Causes of the Civil War

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The Causes of the Civil War chapter of this TCI History Alive America's Past Companion Course helps students learn the essential lessons associated with the causes of the Civil War. Each of these simple and fun video lessons is about five minutes long and is sequenced to align with the Causes of the Civil War textbook chapter.

How It Works:

  • Identify the lessons in the History Alive Causes of the Civil War chapter with which you need help.
  • Find the corresponding video lessons with this companion course chapter.
  • Watch fun videos that cover the Civil War causes topics you need to learn or review.
  • Complete the quizzes to test your understanding.
  • If you need additional help, rewatch the videos until you've mastered the material or submit a question for one of our instructors.

Students will learn:

  • Northern economic developments
  • How Southern life was before the Civil War
  • Influential people of the abolitionist movement
  • The significance of Uncle Tom's Cabin
  • The timeline for Southern secession

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5 Lessons in Chapter 20: History Alive America's Past Chapter 20: The Causes of the Civil War
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Economic Developments in the North: A Commercial Revolution

1. 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.

Life in the South: Ordered Society and Economy of the Southern States

2. 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!

Abolitionist Movement: Important Figures in the Fight to End Slavery

3. 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.

Uncle Tom's Cabin and the American Civil War

4. Uncle Tom's Cabin and the American Civil War

In this lesson, we will explore the context, characters and plot of one of the country's most influential novels, Harriet Beecher Stowe's 'Uncle Tom's Cabin.' Then, find out how it inched America closer to the Civil War.

Secession of the Southern States: Causes & Timeline

5. Secession of the Southern States: Causes & Timeline

In this lesson, we will explore the secession of the 11 states that made up the Confederate States of America. We will discover their reasons for leaving the Union and take a look at the motives of the slave states that chose not to join the Confederacy.

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