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Ch 22: PLACE Elementary Education: US History (1400-1877)

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Check what you know about early U.S. history as you prepare to take the Program for Licensing Assessments for Colorado Educators (PLACE) Elementary Education exam. Our video lessons and quizzes provide a quick and easy review of this material.

PLACE Elementary Education: U.S. History (1400-1877) - Chapter Summary

This chapter's lessons cover the time period from pre-Colonization to Lincoln's assassination and the treatment of Native Americans as settlers expanded to the West. There are lessons addressing European settlements, slavery, the American Revolution, the Civil War and other major events. With a thorough knowledge of this period, you should be able to correctly answer questions on the PLACE Elementary Education exam related to:

  • Discussing the life of North American Indians prior to European colonization
  • Noting the impact of European colonization on Native Americans
  • Describing life in the original 13 colonies
  • Detailing the rise of slavery
  • Listing causes, major battles and the lasting impact of the American Revolution and the French and Indian War
  • Summarizing the presidency of James Monroe and the Monroe Doctrine
  • Revealing President Jackson's treatment of Native Americans
  • Understanding the Mexican-American War and its aftermath
  • Describing details about the Civil War, from its causes to Lincoln's assassination and the Confederate surrender
  • Characterizing the relationship between Native Americans and white settlers expanding to the West

The lessons cover this extensive period through brief videos that focus on events you might expect to be tested on when taking the PLACE Elementary Education exam. Self-assessment quizzes allow you to gauge what you have learned, and a timeline feature for each lesson provides you with the opportunity to watch only those parts of the video where you need further review.

PLACE Elementary Education: U.S. History (1400-1877) - Chapter Objectives

The U.S. History (1400-1877) chapter covers the major events that shaped America in its infancy. You can expect to be tested on these topics in the Social Studies section of the PLACE Elementary Education. The exam is paper-based and contains all multiple-choice questions.

The state of Colorado requires all educators seeking licensure to complete a PLACE exams. Those intending to pursue licensure as an elementary school teacher must take the Elementary Education exam, which measures their abilities in areas of math, social studies, science, literacy/language arts, humanities, and wellness & physical education. A passing score for this and all PLACE exams is 220.

14 Lessons in Chapter 22: PLACE Elementary Education: US History (1400-1877)
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Pre-Columbian Civilization: North American Indians Before Europeans

1. Pre-Columbian Civilization: North American Indians Before Europeans

Watch this video for an overview of the cultural groups of Native American people as they lived at the time of first contact with Europeans. Some of these groupings, like the tribes of the plains, changed so much due to the addition of European influences, such as horses, that there is only conjecture as to how exactly they lived before European contact.

Effects of European Colonization: Christopher Columbus and Native Americans

2. Effects of European Colonization: Christopher Columbus and Native Americans

European colonization and the voyage of Christopher Columbus permanently effected the development of the Americas. Learn why Europeans sailed to the Americas, what effect European diseases had on Native Americans, and how horses and metal tools impacted native societies.

The 13 Colonies: Life in Early America

3. The 13 Colonies: Life in Early America

This lesson explores what life in Early America was like in the northern, southern, and middle colonies. Some defining aspects of this time include increased population, King Phillip's War, Salem Witch Trials, plantations, and the printing press.

Rise of the Slave Trade: Black History in Colonial America

4. Rise of the Slave Trade: Black History in Colonial America

Black history in Colonial American began with the slave trade. This lesson covers the triangular trade, the Middle Passage, Phillis Wheatley, task systems, slave codes, and Black people's different experiences in the northern and southern colonies.

The American Revolution: Causes & Effects

5. The American Revolution: Causes & Effects

The Revolutionary War, which led to the independence of the United States, was fought from 1775 to 1783. Learn about the causes of the American Revolution and the desire for freedom and the effects of the war in the United States and the impacts around the world.

The French and Indian War: Causes, Effects & Summary

6. The French and Indian War: Causes, Effects & Summary

The French and Indian War not only resulted in changes in territorial divisions, it also affected relations between England and its colonies. Understand the causes of this war between European powers and its effects on the New World.

James Monroe's Presidency: The Monroe Doctrine

7. James Monroe's Presidency: The Monroe Doctrine

As our nation's fifth president, James Monroe left an enduring legacy, including foreign policy changes that were sustained for almost a century after he left office. Learn about James Monroe and explore the important events during his presidency, including the Monroe Doctrine, the Missouri Compromise, and the fall of the Federalist Party.

The Trail of Tears and Jackson's Indian Removal Act of 1830

8. The Trail of Tears and Jackson's Indian Removal Act of 1830

Andrew Jackson led a political war against Native American People, which forcibly removed Native Americans from their land. This lesson explores the Trail of Tears, the Indian Removal Act of 1830, and Cherokee resistance.

Reform Movements of the 19th Century

9. Reform Movements of the 19th Century

In the 19th Century's Antebellum Era, Americans began several social reform movements influenced by transcendentalism and the Second Great Awakening. Learn about temperance and abolition and explore the reforms they inspired and reform leaders like Horace Mann, Dorothea Dix, Lucretia Mott, and Elizabeth Cady Stanton.

The Oregon Trail: Westward Migration to the Pacific Ocean

10. The Oregon Trail: Westward Migration to the Pacific Ocean

The desire to expand America lead to a westward migration to the Pacific Ocean and the annexation of the Oregon Trail. Learn about the history of American westward expansion, executive expansionists, reasons for expansion, and how expansion helped to achieve manifest destiny.

The Mexican-American War, Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo & the Wilmot Proviso

11. The Mexican-American War, Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo & the Wilmot Proviso

The Mexican-American War was controversial and complex. Explore the roots of the war and learn about the Polk's War, the political war, the media war, the war on the battlefields, and the Treaty of Guadalupe.

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

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

The Civil War was triggered when South Carolina's militia attacked Fort Sumter. Learn about the crisis at Fort Sumter, explore the Battle of Fort Sumter, including Fort Sumter's fall, and understand how this became the start of the Civil War.

Lincoln's Assassination and Lee's Surrender at Appomattox Courthouse

13. Lincoln's Assassination and Lee's Surrender at Appomattox Courthouse

Several significant events in American history took place in the last two weeks of the Civil War in 1865. Explore the history of Richmond Falls and learn about General Lee's surrender and President Lincoln's Assassination.

The Indian Wars: Struggle Between Native Americans and Settlers

14. The Indian Wars: Struggle Between Native Americans and Settlers

In the late 19th century, disagreements between white settlers and Native Americans led to what are known as the Indian Wars. Learn about the history of the Indian Wars, the Lakota Sioux Tribe, the Nez Perce People, and the Apache Tribe.

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