Ch 11: MTEL Adult Basic Education: American History to 1914

About This Chapter

Use this chapter to review your understanding of American history from Native Americans and the settlers to the year 1914. A firm grasp on this history will help equip you for the questions on the MTEL Adult Basic Education test.

MTEL Adult Basic Education: American History to 1914 - Chapter Summary

This chapter will give a detailed overview of the history of America until 1914, with lessons regarding early settlement, the beginnings of the United States government, the Civil War, and other events the MTEL Adult Basic Education test may feature. These video lessons will address the following aspects of American history:

  • The history of Native American peoples
  • The religion of the Puritans
  • Actions of the Sons of Liberty
  • Beginnings of the American Revolution
  • The Articles of Confederation
  • Events of Thomas Jefferson's presidency
  • The Abolitionist Movement
  • The start of the Civil War
  • Background and impact of the Emancipation Proclamation
  • Abraham Lincoln's presidency and death
  • American expansion westward
  • Women's rights and Susan B. Anthony
  • Economy during the Second Industrial Revolution

These video lessons provide a valuable way in which to review historical information. You may follow along using the full transcripts of each lesson, and should you have a question, you may submit it to our expert instructors for assistance. Make use of the interactive quizzes at the end of every lesson so you can practice taking multiple-choice history tests in preparation for the exam.

MTEL Adult Basic Education: American History to 1914 Chapter Objectives

The MTEL Adult Basic Education test seeks to determine how well teachers comprehend content that may be covered in an adult education course. Ten percent of the test consists of multiple-choice history and social sciences questions. Questions within this domain can relate to an understanding of basic U.S. history, including chronology, major developments, leaders, founding documents, and United States government. The lessons of this chapter will describe aspects of each of these topics to help you get ready for the exam. Viewing these lessons in video format and taking the interactive quizzes will prepare you in an engaging manner that should prove beneficial when you take the test.

13 Lessons in Chapter 11: MTEL Adult Basic Education: American History to 1914
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Native American History: Origins of Early People in the Americas

1. Native American History: Origins of Early People in the Americas

Because the first humans and civilizations got their start in Africa and the Middle East, historians and anthropologists have had to figure out how Native Americans got to the Americas. In this lesson we look at the three prevailing theories of the earliest migration to the New World.

Puritans in America: Beliefs, Religion & History

2. Puritans in America: Beliefs, Religion & History

Learn about the Puritans, a religious group that settled in the Massachusetts Bay Colony in the 1600s. Explore the world and religious views of these important immigrants to the American colonies.

Sons of Liberty: Resistance to the Stamp Act and British Rule

3. Sons of Liberty: Resistance to the Stamp Act and British Rule

In 1763, British Prime Minister George Grenville passed new legislation aimed at solving some of the empire's problems stemming from the French and Indian War. The colonists cried, 'Taxation without representation is tyranny!' They organized boycotts, the Sons of Liberty and the Stamp Act Congress until some of the new taxes were lifted.

Lexington, Concord and Bunker Hill: The American Revolution Begins

4. Lexington, Concord and Bunker Hill: The American Revolution Begins

Following the Boston Tea Party, Massachusetts was placed under the command of the British army. Rumors of a rebellion led to an attempted raid on the militia's arsenal. The events that followed at Lexington and Concord touched off the American Revolution.

Weaknesses of the Articles of Confederation and Shays Rebellion

5. Weaknesses of the Articles of Confederation and Shays Rebellion

The Articles of Confederation were too weak to create an effective government for the new nation. In this lesson, discover how Shays' Rebellion proved that the national government needed to strengthen.

Thomas Jefferson's Presidency: Louisiana Purchase, Lewis & Clark, and More

6. Thomas Jefferson's Presidency: Louisiana Purchase, Lewis & Clark, and More

Thomas Jefferson is often noted as one of the best presidents in history. In our lesson, learn about some of President Jefferson's many famous domestic accomplishments and the controversy surrounding most of them.

Abolitionist Movement: Important Figures in the Fight to End Slavery

7. 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.

The Battle of Fort Sumter & the Start of the Civil War

8. The Battle of Fort Sumter & the Start of the Civil War

South Carolina's attack on a U.S. military outpost triggered the American Civil War. Learn more about the Battle of Fort Sumter and the consequences of the fort's surrender to the Confederacy.

The Emancipation Proclamation: Creation, Context and Legacy

9. The Emancipation Proclamation: Creation, Context and Legacy

On January 1, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation went into effect. More than three million slaves in the South were freed, but the move was not without its critics, both then and now.

Abraham Lincoln: Presidency, Accomplishments & Assassination

10. Abraham Lincoln: Presidency, Accomplishments & Assassination

In this lesson, we will meet Abraham Lincoln, the Illinois rail-splitter and general store owner who eventually became the sixteenth president of the United States.

Westward Expansion: The Homestead Act of 1862 & the Frontier Thesis

11. Westward Expansion: The Homestead Act of 1862 & the Frontier Thesis

Between the mid-1800s and the turn of the 20th century, the American frontier opened and closed abruptly. What factors influenced this land rush, and how did it help shape American history?

Who Was Susan B. Anthony? - Women's Rights Facts & Significance

12. Who Was Susan B. Anthony? - Women's Rights Facts & Significance

This lesson discusses the life and work of Susan B. Anthony. Learn more about her fight for women's rights, including the fight for women's suffrage, and then test your knowledge with a quiz.

Economic Policies During the Second Industrial Revolution

13. Economic Policies During the Second Industrial Revolution

With encouragement from the federal government, the Second Industrial Revolution transformed America from an agrarian nation into an industrial power. The mixed effects of these changes on the American people prompted Mark Twain to dub the period the 'Gilded Age.'

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