Ch 27: MTTC Social Studies (Secondary): Life in Antebellum America

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Use these lessons to refresh your knowledge of American life prior to the Civil War. Our short videos and multiple-choice quizzes can help you answer these types of questions on the MTTC Social Studies (Secondary) exam.

MTTC Social Studies (Secondary): Life in Antebellum America - Chapter Summary

Use these lessons to review facts about everyday life in the U.S. in the years before the Civil War as you get ready for the MTTC Social Studies (Secondary) test. The videos and quizzes will help you answer exam questions on topics including:

  • American culture, literature and art
  • Reform movements
  • Changes in transportation
  • Commerce in the northern U.S.
  • Daily life in the North
  • The society and economy of the southern states
  • Slavery
  • The abolitionist movement

These lively lessons are short, most about five minutes or so, and you can watch them anytime, on a computer, tablet or a smartphone. Each includes a written transcript so you can read along with the narrator. If you want to review a certain portion of the lesson, a timeline with clickable links makes it easy to revisit just the part you need to see.

MTTC Social Studies (Secondary): Life in Antebellum America Chapter Objectives

In Michigan, passing the MTTC Social Studies (Secondary) exam is one of the requirements for licensure to teach social studies at the secondary level. The exam consists of seven subareas, and questions on life in antebellum America are in the subarea on U.S. history. This subarea accounts for 18% of the MTTC Social Studies (Secondary) exam's total score.

This chapter's lessons help you understand the social and economic climate of the U.S. in the years leading up to the Civil War. All questions on the exam are multiple-choice, asking you to read a statement and choose the best response from four options. The quizzes that accompany each of our lessons give you practice answering questions in this format. They also let you assess your knowledge and determine where you need extra review.

8 Lessons in Chapter 27: MTTC Social Studies (Secondary): Life in Antebellum America
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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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