Ch 28: NES: American Civil War

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Become an expert on the American Civil War as you get set to take the NES Middle Grades Social Science examination. Revisit topics that you may be familiar with when you watch the educational video lessons in this chapter.

NES - American Civil War - Chapter Summary

Prepare for the NES Middle Grades Social Science examination by viewing this chapter's tutorials on the American Civil War. The online video lessons begin with an exploration of events at the Battle of Fort Sumter and its far-reaching effects. The Emancipation Proclamation and the origins of the Civil War are examined in other lessons, as are key battles and the war's turning points. The final lesson will remind you of the march of General Grant along with Lincoln's assassination. When you've completed your review, you could be capable of:

  • Explaining the Battle of Fort Sumter and its fall
  • Discussing the advantages held by the North and South as the Civil War began
  • Describing the Battle of Bull Run
  • Identifying famous battles, including the Battle of the Monitor and Merrimac
  • Exploring the significance of the Emancipation Proclamation
  • Examining the Civil War's effects on the economy
  • Understanding the events that marked the turning point of the Civil War as well as its end
  • Learning more about the surrender of General Lee

This chapter is completely self-paced for your convenience. Pause the short lessons in order to take notes, or re-watch the videos entirely. Check out the Dashboard area by clicking the icon on the top right side of the screen. It contains your recent activities and links to other courses. You can also submit a question about the American Civil War in this section by utilizing the ask-an-expert feature. Brief quizzes and a practice examination will determine how much knowledge you've retained. Use these to gauge your readiness for relevant questions on the NES Middle Grades Social Science examination.

NES American Civil War - Chapter Objectives

You'll need in-depth knowledge of specific events that transpired during the American Civil War when you're working on the History content domain of the NES Middle Grades Social Science examination. Although it's just one of the assessment's four content domains, the History section will earn you a sizable 50% of the whole score. Use the information you've accumulated in this chapter to expertly answer some of the examination's 150 multiple-choice questions. The test is computer-based and takes three hours to finish.

9 Lessons in Chapter 28: NES: American Civil War
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The Battle of Fort Sumter & the Start of the Civil War

1. 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.

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.

How the Civil War Affected the Economy and Everyday Life in the North and South

6. How the Civil War Affected the Economy and Everyday Life in the North and South

With the strongest and most productive demographic of society away fighting in the Civil War, the task of running homes, communities, and the nation fell to those who stayed behind. The war on the home front changed their lives forever.

Civil War Turning Points: Chancellorsville, Gettysburg and Vicksburg

7. 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

8. 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

9. 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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