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Ch 6: NY Regents - Build Up to the American Civil War: Help and Review

About This Chapter

The Build Up to the American Civil War chapter of this NY Regents Exam - US History and Government Help and Review course is the simplest way to gain knowledge of the period leading up the American Civil War for the NY Regents Exam. This chapter uses simple and fun videos that are about five minutes long, plus lesson quizzes and a chapter exam to ensure students learn about the years that led up to the American Civil War.

Who's it for?

Anyone who needs help learning or mastering US history and government material for the NY Regents Exam will benefit from taking this course. There is no faster or easier way to learn US history and government. Among those who would benefit are:

  • Students who have fallen behind in understanding John Brown's raid at Harpers Ferry, slavery in America and Uncle Tom's Cabin
  • Students who struggle with learning disabilities or learning differences, including autism and ADHD
  • Students who prefer multiple ways of learning history (visual or auditory)
  • Students who have missed class time and need to catch up
  • Students who need an efficient way to learn about the incidents that led up to the American Civil War for the NY Regents Exam
  • Students who struggle to understand their teachers
  • Students who attend schools without extra history learning resources

How it works:

  • Find videos in our course that cover what you need to learn or review.
  • Press play and watch the video lesson.
  • Refer to the video transcripts to reinforce your learning.
  • Test your understanding of each lesson with short quizzes.
  • Verify you're ready by completing the NY Regents Build Up to the American Civil War Help and Review chapter exam.

Why it works:

  • Study Efficiently: Skip what you know, review what you don't.
  • Retain What You Learn: Engaging animations and real-life examples make topics easy to grasp.
  • Be Ready on Test Day: Use the Build Up to the American Civil War chapter exam to be prepared for the NY Regents Exam.
  • Get Extra Support: Ask our subject-matter experts any question about the events leading up the the American Civil War. They're here to help!
  • Study With Flexibility: Watch videos on any web-ready device.

Students will review:

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

14 Lessons in Chapter 6: NY Regents - Build Up to the American Civil War: Help and Review
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
Slavery in America: Cotton, Slave Trade and the Southern Response

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.

Abolitionist Movement: Important Figures in the Fight to End 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.

Uncle Tom's Cabin and Tension Over Slavery in the 1850s

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.

Bloody Kansas: Causes, Effects and Summary of 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.

Dred Scott v. Sanford and President Buchanan

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.

John Brown's Raid at Harpers Ferry: Fighting Slavery

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.

The Lincoln-Douglas Debates of 1858: Summary & Significance

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.

Lincoln's Election, Southern Secession & the New Confederacy

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.

Nullification Crisis of 1832: Definition & Summary

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.

Ostend Manifesto of 1854: Summary & Explanation

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.

Presidential Election of 1848: Summary, Candidates & Results

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.

Seneca Falls Convention of 1848: Definition, Summary & Significance

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.

South Carolina Ordinance of Nullification of 1832

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.

The Gold Rush Forty-Niners: History & Definition

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.

Chapter Practice Exam
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Practice Final Exam
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