Ch 9: MTEL History: American Civil War

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We can show you everything you need to know about the American Civil War in preparation for the MTEL History Exam. The video lessons and self-assessment quizzes give you different approaches to help you correctly answer questions on these topics for the test.

MTEL History: History of the American Civil War - Chapter Summary

Use the lessons in this chapter to help you help you with the American Civil War as you prepare for the MTEL History Exam. The videos cover the material thoroughly, and include:

  • Lincoln's election, southern secession and the new confederacy
  • Beginnings of the Civil War
  • Battle of Bull Run
  • Important Civil War battles of 1862
  • Emancipation Proclamation
  • Civil War turning points
  • End of the Civil War
  • Lincoln's assassination and Lee's surrender

Our experienced instructors review the important events and highlights of the Civil War in preparation for the test. Having different learning strategies makes it easier to pick out the key points and improves the learning experience.

Objectives of the MTEL History: History of the American Civil War Chapter

The MTEL History Exam is a comprehensive examination of your knowledge of history. You need a passing score in order to be licensed as a teacher in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The topics in this History of the American Civil War chapter are part of the US History Objective, which accounts for about 30% of the questions. The self-assessment quizzes enable you to test your mastery of the material and practice answering questions similar to those on the actual test.

There are both multiple-choice and open-response questions on the test, giving you the opportunity to demonstrate different skills. The multiple-choice items have you read a passage and select the correct response out of several possibilities. The open-response items evaluate your ability to integrate historical information into a cohesive, convincing essay.

8 Lessons in Chapter 9: MTEL History: American Civil War
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Lincoln's Election, Southern Secession & the New Confederacy

1. Lincoln's Election, Southern Secession & the New Confederacy

Learn about how Abraham Lincoln's election in the contentious 1860 presidential race set off a domino effect leading to the secession of South Carolina and six other states and the formation of the Confederate States of America.

Civil War Begins: Northern and Southern Advantages Compared

2. 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

3. 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

4. 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.

The Emancipation Proclamation: Creation, Context and Legacy

5. 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.

Civil War Turning Points: Chancellorsville, Gettysburg and Vicksburg

6. Civil War Turning Points: Chancellorsville, Gettysburg and Vicksburg

In 1863, three events proved to be turning points for the American Civil War: the Battle of Chancellorsville, the Battle of Gettysburg and the Siege of Vicksburg. Learn about these Civil War turning points in this lesson.

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

7. 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.

Lincoln's Assassination and Lee's Surrender at Appomattox Courthouse

8. Lincoln's Assassination and Lee's Surrender at Appomattox Courthouse

Two of the most eventful weeks in American history took place between April 1 and April 15, 1865, during which Richmond (the capital of the Confederacy) fell, General Lee surrendered at Appomattox Courthouse and President Abraham Lincoln was assassinated.

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