Ch 8: Life in Antebellum America (1807-1861): Homeschool Curriculum

About This Chapter

The Life in Antebellum America (1807-1861) unit of this AP U.S. History Homeschool course is designed to help homeschooled students learn about society prior to the Civil War. Parents can use the short videos to introduce topics, break up lessons and keep students engaged.

Who's it for?

This unit of our AP U.S. History Homeschool course will benefit any student who is trying to learn about American life before the Civil War. There is no faster or easier way to learn about antebellum society. Among those who would benefit are:

  • Students who require an efficient, self-paced course of study to learn art and culture of the period, social reformers, advances in transportation, slavery and life in both the North and the South.
  • Homeschool parents looking to spend less time preparing lessons and more time teaching.
  • Homeschool parents who need an U.S. history curriculum that appeals to multiple learning types (visual or auditory).
  • Gifted students and students with learning differences.

How it works:

  • Students watch a short, fun video lesson that covers a specific unit topic.
  • Students and parents can refer to the video transcripts to reinforce learning.
  • Short quizzes and a life in antebellum America unit exam confirm understanding or identify any topics that require review.

Life in Antebellum America (1807-1861) Unit Objectives:

  • Get an overview of the development of American literature, art and culture.
  • Explore political and societal campaigns for change, including abolition, women's rights, temperance and penal reform.
  • Look at innovations in transportation, such as railroads and steamboats, and their impact on the country.
  • Examine the developments that led to increased commercialism.
  • Analyze urban life in the growing cities of the northern U.S.
  • Look at the southern agrarian-based lifestyle and economy.
  • Explore the institution of slavery, including the slave trade and resistance movements.
  • Learn about the leaders of the abolition movement.

8 Lessons in Chapter 8: Life in Antebellum America (1807-1861): Homeschool Curriculum
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American Renaissance: Uniquely American Art, Literature and Culture

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.

Reform Movements of the 19th Century

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.

The Transportation Revolution: Turnpikes to Steamboats to Railroads

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.

Economic Developments in the North: A Commercial Revolution

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.

Problems of Urbanization and Daily Life in the North

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.

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

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!

Slavery in America: Cotton, Slave Trade and the Southern Response

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.

Abolitionist Movement: Important Figures in the Fight to End 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.

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