Ch 28: NMTA: American Civil War

About This Chapter

Get ready for your NMTA Middle Grades Social Science exam with video lessons and quizzes covering the causes and outcomes of the Civil War. The Battle of Fort Sumter, the Emancipation Proclamation, Grant's capture of Richmond, and other Civil War turning points are among the topics of instruction.

NMTA: American Civil War - Chapter Summary

Affirm your understanding of this era in American history and find out what Civil War topics are included on the NMTA Middle Grades Social Science exam when you watch this chapter's video lessons. These lessons will address the events leading to the Battle of Fort Sumter, the outcomes of the First Battle of Bull Run, the creation of the Emancipation Proclamation, and much more. Additional chapter topics are listed below:

  • Union and Confederate advantages at the outbreak of war
  • The Monitor and the Merrimac
  • Key battles at Antietam, Shiloh, and New Orleans
  • Impacts of the war on the economy and everyday life
  • Union victories at Chancellorsville, Vicksburg, and Gettysburg
  • General Grant's assault on Richmond
  • Lee's surrender at Appomattox Courthouse
  • Lincoln's assassination

This chapter includes short videos you can complete in ten minutes or less, transcripts featuring important vocabulary terms in bold text, and self-checking quizzes, all of which are accessible at any time on your computer or mobile device.

NMTA: American Civil War - Chapter Objectives

The NMTA Middle Grades Social Science exam contains 150 multiple-choice questions testing the content knowledge of applicants for a New Mexico teaching endorsement in this subject area.

Approximately half of test questions cover history topics, including significant Civil War developments and their causes. Prepare for them with this chapter's lessons on Union and Confederate campaign strategies, the context of the Emancipation Proclamation, outcomes of key battles, and the war's impacts on civilians and soldiers alike.

9 Lessons in Chapter 28: NMTA: 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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