Ch 32: Origins of the American Civil War

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Check out this teacher resource chapter if you're looking for assistance presenting the origins of the American Civil War to your students in an engaging and interesting way. The video lessons clearly outline these social studies topics and can be used to in the classroom to teach these topics.

Origins of the American Civil War - Chapter Summary

This helpful teacher resource chapter covers the origins of the American Civil War through a series of video lessons and multiple-choice quizzes. Just a few of the subjects covered here include slavery in America, Dred Scott v. Sanford and the election of 1860. Use the entire collection of video lesson to teach your students about the Civil War or use the video tabs feature to jump to the specific topics you'd like to show your students. We've made these materials mobile friendly and accessible to you 24 hours a day so you can work on your lesson planning at your convenience.

How It Helps

  • Meets guidelines: You'll feel confident that your Civil War lessons and assessments meet the appropriate Common Core standards when using these resources to plan your curriculum.
  • Enhances learning: Our video lessons make it easy to integrate technology into the classroom and interest your students in a variety of Civil War topics.
  • Simplifies assessments: The multiple-choice quiz presented with each lesson is a handy way to test your student's understanding of the origins of the Civil War.

Skills Covered

Use these lessons to help you teach your students how to:

  • Describe the economic developments that took place in the North
  • Outline the economy of the Southern states
  • Identify the Southern response to the slave trade
  • Summarize Uncle Tom's Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe
  • Explain the causes and effects of the events of 'Bloody Kansas'
  • Detail Dred Scott v. Sanford and President Buchanan's role in the case
  • Discuss the significance of the election of 1860
  • Explore the Battle of Fort Sumter and the start of the American Civil War

8 Lessons in Chapter 32: Origins of the American Civil War
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Economic Developments in the North: A Commercial Revolution

1. 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.

Life in the South: Ordered Society and Economy of the Southern States

2. 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

3. 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.

Uncle Tom's Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe: Summary & Themes

4. Uncle Tom's Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe: Summary & Themes

Harriet Beecher Stowe's 1852 novel, ''Uncle Tom's Cabin,'' is credited for winning millions of Americans to the anti-slavery movement prior to the US Civil War. Stowe's novel is a story of cruelty and hope, of faith and despair, and of humanity in the face of inhumanity.

Bloody Kansas: Causes, Effects and Summary of Events

5. 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

6. 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.

The Election of 1860: Definition, Summary, Candidates & Significance

7. The Election of 1860: Definition, Summary, Candidates & Significance

In this lesson, we will examine the election of 1860. We will meet the candidates, discover their primary concerns and campaign techniques, and explore the results and impact of this critical election.

The Battle of Fort Sumter & the Start of the Civil War

8. 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.

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