Ch 1: Topics in History

About This Chapter

Get a broad overview of significant events, people, and trends in history through interesting and informative videos. These videos use engaging animations and clear explanations that make names, dates, and concepts easy to remember.

Introduction to History Chapter Summary

Learn about special topics in history with this series of video lessons. You'll learn about a wide variety of historical figures and places, major events, and sociopolitical and cultural movements that brought about change, including:

  • Ancient civilizations
  • The Dark Ages
  • Colonialism in Europe, Asia and Africa
  • Exploration to the Americas
  • Regional and global wars

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The flexible presentation of our video lessons allows you to access the information you need when you need it. Gain a more thorough understanding of a topic in history that interests you, or use what you learn through these videos to efficiently write a paper or study for a test. These videos present comprehensive and detailed information with the clarity that comes from visual learning.

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21 Lessons in Chapter 1: Topics in History
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The Fordney-McCumber Tariff: Definition & Overview

1. The Fordney-McCumber Tariff: Definition & Overview

After World War I, Europe was in shambles and the U.S. took the global economic lead. In this lesson, we will learn how the Fordney-McCumber Tariff affected the global economy.

Absolute Monarchy: Definition, Characteristics & Examples

2. Absolute Monarchy: Definition, Characteristics & Examples

During the 17th century, Europe experienced economics crises, religious wars, and civil unrest. Absolute monarchy was but one response to the search for a more ordered society. In this lesson, learn the definition, characteristics and prime historic examples of absolutism.

Francisco Pizarro: Route & Facts

3. Francisco Pizarro: Route & Facts

In this lesson we meet one of the most well-known explorers: Spanish conquistador (conqueror) Francisco Pizarro, who defeated the powerful Inca Empire of South America.

Gettysburg Address: Summary & Analysis

4. Gettysburg Address: Summary & Analysis

This lesson discusses the Gettysburg Address, one of the most famous speeches in American history. Learn more about what Abraham Lincoln's speech means and test your knowledge with a quiz.

Incan Army: History & Practices

5. Incan Army: History & Practices

In this lesson, you will learn about the Inca Army through the eyes of a soldier, one of the 200,000 well-trained warriors tasked with defending and expanding South America's mighty Inca Empire.

Indian Removal Act of 1830: Summary, Timeline & Facts

6. Indian Removal Act of 1830: Summary, Timeline & Facts

The Indian Removal Act of 1830 was expected to remove and relocate Indian nations that existed in the Southern United States in order to advance white settlement. Learn about the legislation and the difficult battle that ensued between the United States and Native Americans.

Lincoln's Ten Percent Plan: Summary & History

7. Lincoln's Ten Percent Plan: Summary & History

President Abraham Lincoln offered a lenient and attractive deal to rebelling Southerners in 1863. Learn how his Ten Percent Plan sought to offer amnesty to those individuals in rebellion, while reestablishing federal control in states that had claimed secession from the Union in this lesson.

Mexican Cession of 1848: Definition, Facts & Map

8. Mexican Cession of 1848: Definition, Facts & Map

The Mexican cession of 1848 yielded large dividends for the United States. Learn about what sparked American interest in Mexican territory, and what Mexico eventually transferred to the United States.

Plessy v. Ferguson: Impact & Summary

9. Plessy v. Ferguson: Impact & Summary

This lesson explains the impact of Plessy v. Ferguson, an important Supreme Court decision made in 1896. The Court ruled on the concept of 'separate but equal' and set back civil rights in the United States for decades to come.

Reconstruction Acts of 1867: Definition & History

10. Reconstruction Acts of 1867: Definition & History

This lesson will describe the Reconstruction Acts of 1867, including the historical context in which they were formed, their content and their impact on post-Civil War America.

Second Battle of Bull Run (Manassas): History, Significance & Map

11. Second Battle of Bull Run (Manassas): History, Significance & Map

The Battle of Second Bull Run was fought over several days in late August 1862. It was a stunning Confederate victory over the Union Army of Virginia. Over 20,000 men fell as casualties at this fight.

The Aztecs: Civilization & Culture

12. The Aztecs: Civilization & Culture

A mythical origin, an intricate political and social system, impressive accomplishments, bloodthirsty gods, and a violent clash of two cultures - watch this video to learn more about the interesting history of the Aztecs!

The Cherokee & the Trail of Tears: History, Timeline & Summary

13. The Cherokee & the Trail of Tears: History, Timeline & Summary

Many Indian tribes live on reservations that cover at least part of the land they originally inhabited, but one tribe was forced thousands of miles away from their homes. Learn about the Cherokee Indians and the Trail of Tears in this lesson.

The Northwest Ordinance: Definition & Summary

14. The Northwest Ordinance: Definition & Summary

In this lesson, we will learn about the Northwest Ordinance, the 1787 act of Congress that laid the groundwork for adding new territory to the United States.

The Two-Party System: Definition, Advantages & Disadvantages

15. The Two-Party System: Definition, Advantages & Disadvantages

In this lesson, we will explore the U.S. two-party system. What are the benefits of the U.S two-party system? What are the common criticisms of the U.S. two-party system?

What Was the Trail of Tears? - Facts, History & Route

16. What Was the Trail of Tears? - Facts, History & Route

The Trail of Tears was the primary passage toward federally created Indian lands west of the Mississippi River. Learn about the history of the forced Indian removal and the devastation that occurred to native groups along their painful journey to their new home.

Women in Puritan Society: Roles & Rights

17. Women in Puritan Society: Roles & Rights

Discover the roles and rights of women in Puritan society. Learn about the benefits and limitations of the Massachusetts Bay Colony founded by the Puritans and meet famous Puritan women like Anne Hutchinson and Anne Bradstreet.

Johannes Gutenberg: Inventions, Facts & Accomplishments

18. Johannes Gutenberg: Inventions, Facts & Accomplishments

In this lesson, we will learn about Johannes Gutenberg, the inventor of the mechanical moving-type printing press. We will explore his life and learn about the impact of his important invention.

Cuneiform Writing: Definition, Symbols & History

19. Cuneiform Writing: Definition, Symbols & History

In this lesson, we explore humankind's earliest language notation, cuneiform writing, created in the 4th millennium BC. We explore its characteristics and its evolution throughout history.

World War II: Summary, Effects & Participants

20. World War II: Summary, Effects & Participants

In this lesson we will learn about World War II. We will examine the causes, leading figures involved, and the major themes and developments associated with mankind's most horrible conflict.

Hammurabi of Babylon: Code, Summary & Stele

21. Hammurabi of Babylon: Code, Summary & Stele

Learn about Hammurabi, the ruler of Babylon, and the code of laws that he created. Explore the oldest written law code in the world, and learn about the giant stones the code was inscribed on.

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