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Ch 7: MEGA Social Science Multi-Content: Slavery & The Civil War

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You can use this chapter to study for questions on slavery and the American Civil War you'll find on the MEGA Social Science Multi-Content exam. The chapter contains video lessons that will go over specific subtopics you might be tested on.

MEGA Social Science Multi-Content: Slavery & The Civil War - Chapter Summary

When taking the Missouri Educator Gateway Assessments (MEGA) Multi-Content exam, you'll encounter a few questions on slavery and the Civil War. You can use the lessons within in this chapter to help prepare for this topic prior to taking the exam. Some of the subtopics discussed in the lessons include:

  • Early slavery in America
  • Cotton and the slave trade
  • Uncle Tom's Cabin
  • The beginning of the Civil War
  • Fort Sumter and the First Battle of Bull Run
  • Major Civil War battle
  • The contributions of African Americans during the Civil War
  • The emancipation of the slaves
  • The Civil War's end and reconstruction plans
  • Southern life following the Civil War
  • The Reconstruction Era and amendments
  • The effects of the Reconstruction on African Americans
  • Segregation and the Jim Crow Laws

Each of these topics, and more, will be covered in depth in the chapter's video lessons. You can also use the practice quizzes to prepare for the kinds of questions you might encounter on the exam.

15 Lessons in Chapter 7: MEGA Social Science Multi-Content: Slavery & The Civil War
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Slavery in Early America: Characteristics & Opposition

1. Slavery in Early America: Characteristics & Opposition

The institution of slavery in early America was a source of both economic profits and divisive tensions. It began as a peculiar institution of colonial society and blossomed into a sectional issue that threatened to destroy the young United States.

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

2. 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.

Uncle Tom's Cabin and Tension Over Slavery in the 1850s

3. Uncle Tom's Cabin and Tension Over Slavery in the 1850s

Uncle Tom's Cabin captured the plight of slaves in the 1850s like no other book. The novel, coupled with the Missouri Compromise and the Fugitive Slave Act, served to further strain the country, which was at a breaking point over the issue of slavery. This lesson details these events.

Civil War Begins: Northern and Southern Advantages Compared

4. Civil War Begins: Northern and Southern Advantages Compared

At the outbreak of the American Civil War, both the North and South believed the conflict would be over quickly. But advantages for both the Confederacy and the Union meant a prolonged war between the states. In this lesson, discover some of the advantages that the North and South had.

The First Battle of Bull Run: Civil War Blood is Shed

5. The First Battle of Bull Run: Civil War Blood is Shed

Three months after the bombardment of Fort Sumter, Northern troops attacked Southern forces near the Confederate capital of Richmond, Virginia. The first Battle of Bull Run (or Manassas) was the first major engagement of the Civil War and a terrifying defeat for the Union spectators who came to watch.

Key Civil War Battles in 1862: Monitor and Merrimac, Antietam, New Orleans & Shiloh

6. Key Civil War Battles in 1862: Monitor and Merrimac, Antietam, New Orleans & Shiloh

In 1862, the Union put its Anaconda Plan into action, resulting in several critical events: the Peninsular Campaign, the Battle of Hampton Roads between the ironclads Monitor and Virginia (Merrimack), the Battle of Shiloh, the capture of New Orleans, and the Battle of Antietam.

African Americans in the Civil War: History & Facts

7. African Americans in the Civil War: History & Facts

In this lesson, we will explore the experiences of African Americans during the Civil War. Some of them were slaves; others were free. Some were 'contraband' runaways; others were soldiers. Together, they contributed greatly to Civil War history.

Emancipation of Slaves: Definition, Law & Proclamation Summary

8. Emancipation of Slaves: Definition, Law & Proclamation Summary

The Emancipation Proclamation set the path toward the eradication of slavery in the United States. Complete this lesson to learn more about this monumental decision and its impact on history.

End of the Civil War: General Grant Begins the March Toward Richmond

9. End of the Civil War: General Grant Begins the March Toward Richmond

President Lincoln took a gamble and named Ulysses S. Grant as General-in-Chief of the Union army. They devised a plan to finally take Richmond and win the war in 1864. In this lesson, learn about General Grant's controversial tactics.

President Lincoln's Legacy: Plans for a Reconstructed Union

10. President Lincoln's Legacy: Plans for a Reconstructed Union

Before the guns of the American Civil War fell silent, President Abraham Lincoln was making plans for the reconstruction of the South. In this lesson, learn what his plans involved and the controversy surrounding them.

Life in the South After the Civil War

11. 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.

The Reconstruction Amendments: The 13th, 14th and 15th Amendments

12. The Reconstruction Amendments: The 13th, 14th and 15th Amendments

Between 1865 and 1870, during the historical era known as Reconstruction, the Thirteenth, Fourteenth and Fifteenth Amendments to the U.S. Constitution were ratified to establish political equality for all Americans. Together, they are known as the Reconstruction Amendments.

Reconstruction's Effects on African Americans: Politics, Education and Economy

13. Reconstruction's Effects on African Americans: Politics, Education and Economy

The era in U.S. history known as Reconstruction presented many new opportunities to African Americans, especially in the South. For the first time, freedmen were free to pursue economic independence, education, religion and politics. These pursuits are embodied in the accomplishments of four men: Alonzo Herndon, Booker T. Washington, Jonathan Gibbs and Hiram Revels.

De Facto Segregation: Definition & Examples

14. De Facto Segregation: Definition & Examples

When the Civil War ended in 1865, so did slavery; but segregation, the practice of separating the races in America through a variety of means, was born. Although the Civil Rights Act of 1964 made the practice illegal, de facto segregation continued to separate African American and white Americans in everyday life.

The Impact of Jim Crow Laws on Education

15. The Impact of Jim Crow Laws on Education

Jim Crow laws held racial minorities back for almost a century. Nowhere was that more obvious than in segregated schools. In this lesson, we'll look at the inequalities of segregated schools and the positive contribution of Rosenwald schools.

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