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Ch 26: NMTA: Life in Antebellum America

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As you prepare for the NMTA Middle Grades Social Science certification exam, use this chapter to review the events of the American Renaissance, the transportation and commercial revolutions, and other topics about life in antebellum America.

NMTA: Life in Antebellum America - Chapter Summary

Use this chapter to review the events that defined the renaissance of American art, literature and culture, as well as the revolution of transportation and the commercial industry in the United States. Follow along with our professional instructors as they discuss how these events led to both positive and negative changes that would eventually influence the events of the American Civil War. After these lessons you should have a better understanding of:

  • Art, literature and culture of the American Renaissance
  • Reforms of the 19th century
  • Turnpikes, steamboats, and railroads of the 1800s
  • Differences between the 19th century economic development in the North and South
  • Effects of the boom of the cotton industry on slave trade
  • The fight to end slavery and the Abolitionist Movement

These lessons are mobile-device compatible, so feel free to view them on-the-run as well as at your desk. Ensure you retain the information presented by testing your knowledge with the assessments that accompany the lessons. Whenever you find topics that you don't know, be sure to fortify your understanding of them by returning to the videos via video tags.

NMTA: Life in Antebellum America - Chapter Objectives

The NMTA Middle Grades Social Science test is a computer-based New Mexico teacher's certification exam used to measure potential middle-grades social science teachers' knowledge. To do this, this exam will ask you a series of 150 multiple-choice questions in a three hour testing session. Of the material covered by this exam, 50% falls under the content domain of History, which may include questions about the antebellum era. Be prepared to answer questions about life in antebellum America by completing the lessons of this chapter.

8 Lessons in Chapter 26: NMTA: 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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