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This chapter helps students review the concepts in a Build Up to the American Civil War unit of a standard early American history course. Topics covered include:
- Sanford and President Buchanan vs Dred Scott
- Bloody Kansas
- The Lincoln-Douglas Debates of 1858
- The Abolitionist Movement
- Lincoln's Election
1. 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.
2. 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.
3. Uncle Tom's Cabin and Tension Over Slavery in the 1850s
Uncle Tom's Cabin captured the plight of slaves in the 1850s like no other book. The novel, coupled with the Missouri Compromise and the Fugitive Slave Act, served to further strain the country, which was at a breaking point over the issue of slavery. This lesson details these events.
4. Bloody Kansas: Causes, Effects and Summary of Events
The events in the Kansas territory were a microcosm of the violent forces shaping the United States in the decade of the 1850s, forces that would ultimately lead to a disintegration of the Union itself. This lesson details what has come to be known as Bleeding Kansas and its impact on the issue of slavery.
5. Dred Scott v. Sanford and President Buchanan
The Dred Scott decision was one of the most important turning points in the debate over slavery in the United States. It came during the presidency of James Buchanan, a man well qualified but ill suited for the job of keeping the nation together. This lesson discusses both as we attempt to understand the dynamics that led to the American Civil War.
6. John Brown's Raid at Harpers Ferry: Fighting Slavery
John Brown was a man of strong convictions - so strong that he was willing to fight, to kill, and to die for them. These abolitionist beliefs led him from Kansas to Virginia, where he would pay the ultimate price. This lesson tells that story.
7. The Lincoln-Douglas Debates of 1858: Summary & Significance
In an effort to secure their own appointments to the U.S. Senate, Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Douglas squared off in a series of seven debates in 1858. Find out why Douglas might have won in the short term but Lincoln won in the long term.
8. Lincoln's Election, Southern Secession & the New Confederacy
Learn about how Abraham Lincoln's election in the contentious 1860 presidential race set off a domino effect leading to the secession of South Carolina and six other states and the formation of the Confederate States of America.
9. Nullification Crisis of 1832: Definition & Summary
Develop an understanding of the Nullification Crisis of 1832 to include who was involved, the impact of the debate and reactions by the president and Congress. Test your knowledge with a short quiz.
10. Ostend Manifesto of 1854: Summary & Explanation
The Ostend Manifesto of 1854 was an intimidation ploy used by American diplomats in the international arena. Learn about the controversial document and its effect on the sectional conflict in the United States.
11. Presidential Election of 1848: Summary, Candidates & Results
The presidential election of 1848 saw Whig candidate and Mexican War hero Zachary Taylor win the presidency. After dying just two years later in 1850, Taylor was followed by his vice president, Millard Fillmore.
12. Seneca Falls Convention of 1848: Definition, Summary & Significance
The American women's rights movement began with a meeting of reformers in Seneca Falls, New York, in 1848. Out of that first convention came a historic document, the 'Declaration of Sentiments,' which demanded equal social status and legal rights for women, including the right to vote.
13. South Carolina Ordinance of Nullification of 1832
The South Carolina Ordinance of Nullification in 1832 was a moment where sectional tensions between the North and South nearly boiled over into conflict and disunion. While the crisis was diffused by compromise, it was a sign of things to come.
14. The Gold Rush Forty-Niners: History & Definition
After the war with Mexico, many Americans left the East and headed into new territories. Some searched for land, some for religious freedom, and others for gold. Develop an understanding of the Gold Rush, then test your knowledge with a short quiz.
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