Ch 42: NMTA Social Science: Life in Antebellum America (1807-1861)

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These lessons can aid your study of antebellum America in preparation for the U.S. history portion of the NMTA Social Science exam. Learn about the key events and movements of this period as you get ready for the exam.

NMTA Social Science: Life in Antebellum America (1807-1861) - Chapter Summary

The lessons in this chapter teach you about the American Renaissance, slavery and the abolitionist movement to help you prepare for questions on the NMTA Social Science exam dealing with U.S. history. These videos can help you quickly learn about test-related concepts like:

  • American art and culture
  • 19th-century reforms
  • Transportation Revolution
  • Commercial developments in the North
  • Slave trade and the Southern response
  • Fight to end slavery

See this period of U.S. history unfold before your eyes through the engaging and dynamic graphics and narration used in this chapter. Subject experts lead these lessons and help you retain key info about the early to mid-1800s in America. Brief videos are useful for helping you quickly refresh your knowledge of antebellum America while you prepare for the NMTA Social Science exam.

Objectives of the NMTA Social Science: Life in Antebellum America (1807-1861) Chapter

New Mexico requires the NMTA Social Science exam be taken by aspiring social science teachers for licensure. The exam has five domains, including a section on U.S. history. The exam is multiple choice, and about 25% of the questions focus on U.S. history. Our self-assessment quizzes can help you get familiar with the format of questions you'll find on the exam, while also checking your comprehension of this topic.

6 Lessons in Chapter 42: NMTA Social Science: Life in Antebellum America (1807-1861)
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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.

Slavery in America: Cotton, Slave Trade and the Southern Response

5. 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

6. 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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