Ch 43: MTEL Middle School Humanities: Sectional Crisis

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Use this chapter to review situations that added to the deepening sectional tensions in the United States prior to the American Civil War. The content covered in these lessons will enable you to answer pertinent questions on the MTEL Middle School Humanities exam.

MTEL Middle School Humanities: Sectional Crisis - Chapter Summary

This chapter serves to help you prepare for the MTEL Middle School Humanities exam by refreshing your knowledge of the developing sectional crisis in America leading up to the Civil War. Subjects discussed in these lessons include the:

  • Missouri Compromise of 1820
  • Reactions to slavery in the 1850s
  • Impact of the Dred Scott decision on the slavery debate
  • Abolitionist actions of John Brown
  • Senatorial debates between Stephen Douglas and Abraham Lincoln
  • Beginning of the Civil War

The content of these lessons is developed by our subject-matter experts and is presented clearly and concisely by our knowledgeable instructors. Each lesson is accompanied by both a full transcript and a practice quiz to give you an opportunity to review the information and gauge your knowledge.

MTEL Middle School Humanities: Sectional Crisis - Chapter Objectives

The purpose of the MTEL Middle School Humanities exam is to ascertain how well you understand information relating to the humanities to determine whether you have earned your teaching license in this field. Of the 100 multiple-choice and 2 open-response questions, 25% relate to history topics, including an objective of understanding major developments in American society through Reconstruction. By reviewing the content of this chapter, you will gain a better understanding for the events leading up to the Civil War, information on which the exam may test you.

6 Lessons in Chapter 43: MTEL Middle School Humanities: Sectional Crisis
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Uncle Tom's Cabin and Tension Over Slavery in the 1850s

1. 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.

Henry Clay and the Missouri Compromise of 1820

2. Henry Clay and the Missouri Compromise of 1820

In 1819, Missouri applied for statehood, threatening to tip the balance of senatorial power in favor of the slave states. Find out how Henry Clay resolved the matter for the next 30 years.

Dred Scott v. Sanford and President Buchanan

3. Dred Scott v. Sanford and President Buchanan

The Dred Scott decision was one of the most important turning points in the debate over slavery in the United States. It came during the presidency of James Buchanan, a man well qualified but ill suited for the job of keeping the nation together. This lesson discusses both as we attempt to understand the dynamics that led to the American Civil War.

John Brown's Raid at Harpers Ferry: Fighting Slavery

4. John Brown's Raid at Harpers Ferry: Fighting Slavery

John Brown was a man of strong convictions - so strong that he was willing to fight, to kill, and to die for them. These abolitionist beliefs led him from Kansas to Virginia, where he would pay the ultimate price. This lesson tells that story.

The Lincoln-Douglas Debates of 1858: Summary & Significance

5. The Lincoln-Douglas Debates of 1858: Summary & Significance

In an effort to secure their own appointments to the U.S. Senate, Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Douglas squared off in a series of seven debates in 1858. Find out why Douglas might have won in the short term but Lincoln won in the long term.

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

6. 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.

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