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- Causes and effects of Bloody Kansas
- The Dred Scott decision
- The efforts of the abolitionist John Brown
- The significance of the Lincoln-Douglas debates of 1858
- The impact of Lincoln's election
- The outcome of the Battle of Fort Sumter
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1. 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.
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. 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.
5. 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.
6. 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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Other chapters within the TCI History Alive The United States Through Industrialism: Online Textbook Help course
- History Alive Chapter 1: The First Americans
- History Alive Chapter 2: European Exploration & Settlement
- History Alive Chapter 3: The English Colonies in North America
- History Alive Chapter 4: Life in the Colonies
- History Alive Chapter 5: Toward Independence
- History Alive Chapter 6: The Declaration of Independence
- History Alive Chapter 7: The American Revolution
- History Alive Chapter 8: Creating the Constitution
- History Alive Chapter 9: The Constitution - A More Perfect Union
- History Alive Chapter 10: The Bill of Rights
- History Alive Chapter 11: Political Developments in the Early Republic
- History Alive Chapter 12: Foreign Affairs in the Young Nation
- History Alive Chapter 13: A Growing Sense of Nationhood
- History Alive Chapter 14: Andrew Jackson & the Growth of American Democracy
- History Alive Chapter 15: Manifest Destiny & the Growing Nation
- History Alive Chapter 16: Life in the West
- History Alive Chapter 17: Mexicano Contributions to the Southwest
- History Alive Chapter 18: An Era of Reform
- History Alive Chapter 19: The Worlds of North & South
- History Alive Chapter 20: African Americans in the Mid-1800s
- History Alive Chapter 22: The Civil War
- History Alive Chapter 23: The Reconstruction Era
- History Alive Chapter 24: Tensions in the West
- History Alive Chapter 25: The Rise of Industry
- History Alive Chapter 26: The Great Wave of Immigration
- History Alive Chapter 27: The Progressive Era
- History Alive Chapter 28: The United States Becomes a World Power
- History Alive Chapter 29: Linking Past to Present