Ch 16: Life Following the American Civil War

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The lessons in this chapter feature engaging videos that discuss what life was like after the Civil War. By taking the quizzes in this chapter, you are able to test your comprehension of the lesson materials.

Life Following the American Civil War - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives

Life after the Civil War was changed dramatically for Americans. In these lessons, instructors will explain the cost of the Civil War and the impact that it had on both Northerners and Southerners. This chapter will use engaging video lessons to describe the ways in which the United States was forever changed after the war. Instructors are available to answer your questions, and quizzes can be used during this chapter to test your knowledge. These lessons include topics like:

  • How the Civil War ended and its costs
  • The loss of life during the Civil War and how life changed for those who lived
  • How the status of African Americans changed after the Civil War

Video Objective
The End of the Civil War: Summary & Timeline Dissect General Lee's surrender at Appomattox Court House and the following months that marked the end of the Civil War.
The Costs of the Civil War: Human, Economic & Cultural Calculate what the war cost financially and the loss of life that was experienced during the war.
Casualties of the Civil War: Statistics & Causes Assess the casualties of war, including statistics on deaths and injuries.
The Assassination of President Abraham Lincoln: Facts, Failed Plots & Motivation Investigate the assassination plots against President Lincoln, the motivation behind these attacks and the successful assassination of the President.
Life in the South After the Civil War Distinguish how life in the South was drastically changed, how the Ku Klux Klan was established and how groups like the Redeemers tried to reconstruct their home.
Life in the North After the Civil War Compare how the North changed after the war and how these changes differed from those of the South.
Status of African Americans from the Civil War Onwards Outline the changes in the status of African Americans after the Civil War.
The Legacy of the American Civil War Analyze the way the Civil War is perceived and remembered by different groups in the United States.

8 Lessons in Chapter 16: Life Following the American Civil War
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The End of the Civil War: Summary & Timeline

1. The End of the Civil War: Summary & Timeline

Contrary to popular belief, the Civil War did not end when Confederate General Robert E. Lee surrendered at Appomattox Court House. It actually continued for over two months. In this lesson, we will examine the final days of the Civil War.

The Costs of the Civil War: Human, Economic & Cultural

2. The Costs of the Civil War: Human, Economic & Cultural

This lesson will explore the costs of the Civil War. We will examine the economic costs of the four-year conflict; its cultural costs, especially in the South; and its human costs, particularly casualties and veterans' post-war experiences.

Casualties of the Civil War: Statistics & Causes

3. Casualties of the Civil War: Statistics & Causes

In this lesson, we will discuss the casualties of the Civil War. We will begin by taking a look at a few statistics before examining common causes of death and wounds, and learning about battlefield medicine and treatment of prisoners of war.

The Assassination of President Abraham Lincoln: Facts, Failed Plots & Motivation

4. The Assassination of President Abraham Lincoln: Facts, Failed Plots & Motivation

This lesson will explore the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln. We will discuss the plots against Lincoln's life, the motivation of his assassin, and the murderous attack on April 14, 1865, that deprived a man of his life and a country of its president.

Life in the South After the Civil War

5. Life in the South After the Civil War

Following the Civil War, the era of Reconstruction was a difficult time for Southerners. Their land was destroyed, their political institutions were overrun by outsiders, the economy was in transition and their society was in upheaval. It was in this climate that the Ku Klux Klan was born and the Redeemers sought to reestablish the Old South.

Life in the North After the Civil War

6. Life in the North After the Civil War

The Civil War didn't just change life in the Southern states. The North also changed after the war, thanks to wartime advances in industry and technology and the movement for racial equality in the postwar years.

Status of African Americans from the Civil War Onwards

7. Status of African Americans from the Civil War Onwards

The Civil War marked a turning point in the status of African Americans living in the United States. Despite sweeping reforms and new legislation, African Americans were forced to keep fighting for fair and equal treatment.

The Legacy of the American Civil War

8. The Legacy of the American Civil War

This lesson covers the battle of interpretation surrounding the Civil War. Was it a war for states' rights, or a war for slavery? How should we remember the Confederate flag?

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