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This chapter helps students review the concepts in an Antebellum America unit of a standard AP U.S. history course. Topics covered include:
- The American Renaissance
- 19th-century reforms
- The transportation revolution
- Northern and Southern economies and societies
- The abolitionist movement and slavery
1. American Renaissance: Uniquely American Art, Literature and Culture
America began creating its own distinct culture in the 1800s. Learn about popular trends in art, literature, and pop culture in the antebellum era. Also, learn how religion and utopian communes changed the way some Americans lived.
2. Reform Movements of the 19th Century
Inspired by the Second Great Awakening and Transcendentalism, Americans started a number of social reform movements in the antebellum era, including the fight against alcohol and slavery, as well as the fight for public schools, humane prisons and asylums, and women's rights.
3. The Transportation Revolution: Turnpikes to Steamboats to Railroads
In the half-century before the Civil War, America experienced a transportation revolution that improved the way people and goods crossed the nation, opened up new areas for settlement and altered the centers of economic power.
4. 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.
5. Problems of Urbanization and Daily Life in the North
In the antebellum years, American cities grew. Find out why and what it was like to live in New York, Philadelphia and other Northern cities in the middle of the 19th century.
6. 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!
7. Slavery in America: Cotton, Slave Trade and the Southern Response
The United Sates was conceived on the idea of freedom and the rights of all people, but early on, an institution took hold that was the exact opposite of that idea. In this lesson, find out the roots of slavery in the States, how it took hold, how slaves lived, and how they resisted the bonds of slavery.
8. 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.
9. Abolitionist Movement in America: Leaders, Definition & Timeline
The abolitionist movement in America exposed sectional crises, moving both the North and South closer to Civil War. Develop an understanding of the Abolitionist movement in America. Test your knowledge with a short quiz.
10. First Lady Dolley Madison: Biography & Facts
In this lesson, we will meet Dolley Payne Madison, First Lady from 1809-1817. We will explore Dolley's early life, her two marriages, her time in the White House, and her challenging later years.
11. Noah Webster: Biography, Books & Facts
In this lesson, we will meet Noah Webster. While Webster is famous primarily for his dictionary, he lived a full and interesting life and took part vigorously in the events of his day.
12. Wilmot Proviso of 1846: Definition, Summary & Significance
Learn how Pennsylvania Democratic Congressman David Wilmot's proposed legislative amendment was the catalyst for a sectional divide in the United States over the institution of slavery.
13. Second Bank of the United States: Definition & Overview
The Second Bank of the United States, chartered in 1816, was designed to ensure financial stability in the U.S. It created political tensions and turmoil across two decades in the mid-19th century. Read about the short and exciting career of the bank, and then test your knowledge with a quiz.
14. Tariff of 1816: Definition & Significance
The Tariff of 1816 in America was a significant step in what became a history of passing taxes on imports to protect American manufacturing. Read this lesson to learn more about the historical background and significance of the Tariff of 1816.
15. The Liberty Party of 1840
When you think of political parties, the Liberty Party of 1840 probably does not come to mind. Even though the Liberty Party was short-lived and is not well-known, it did a lot to advance the cause of abolitionism in the mid 1800s.
16. The Anti-Masonic Party: Platform & Overview
Third parties have a long history of providing alternatives to the dominant political groups in the American political process. In this lesson, learn more about the original third party - the Anti-Masonic Party.
17. Yankee Ingenuity: Definition & Overview
Ever see a product or service and think to yourself, Why didn't I think of that? In this lesson we'll discuss how using yankee ingenuity can be done by finding a problem and creating a solution.
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