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Politics, Industry & Economy in Civil War America - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives
In order to understand the events that took place during the Civil War it is essential to understand the politics, industry and economy in the United States at that time. This chapter will explain these topics to help you picture the context in which the war was set. Instructors guide you through video lessons and are available to answer questions. Quizzes help you self-assess and test your progress throughout the lessons. This chapter includes topics like:
- The cabinets of President Abraham Lincoln as well as the Confederate President, Jefferson Davis
- What advantages the North and South had during the war
- What roles women took on during the Civil War
- How African Americans contributed to the Civil War efforts
|President Lincoln's Cabinet: Members & Dynamics||Evaluate how President Lincoln kept his diverse cabinet in order|
|President Davis' Cabinet: Members & Dynamics||Critique the Confederacy's first and only president|
|Civil War Begins: Northern and Southern Advantages Compared||Compare the advantages that both the North and South had during the war that prolonged the fighting|
|Comparing the Union and Confederate Armies: Policies & Members||Analyze the policies and membership of the separate armies|
|The Role of Women in the Civil War: Lesson & Quiz||Illustrate the important roles that women took on at home while the men in their families fought the war|
|African Americans in the Civil War: History & Facts||Consider the many roles that African Americans found themselves in despite their status|
|How the Civil War Affected the Economy and Everyday Life in the North and South||Survey how lives changed at home while fighting took place on the battlefields|
1. President Lincoln's Cabinet: Members & Dynamics
Abraham Lincoln, the 16th President of the United States, had a cabinet filled with political rivals and large political personalities whom he relied upon to win the Civil War. Learn how Lincoln adeptly handled the differences and difficulties within his cabinet during his presidency in this video lesson.
2. President Davis' Cabinet: Members & Dynamics
Confederate President Jefferson Davis was the only leader the short-lived Confederacy ever had. His Cabinet members struggled to provide him with advice and help during the difficult struggle to keep the Confederacy alive during the Civil War.
3. Civil War Begins: Northern and Southern Advantages Compared
At the outbreak of the American Civil War, both the North and South believed the conflict would be over quickly. But advantages for both the Confederacy and the Union meant a prolonged war between the states. In this lesson, discover some of the advantages that the North and South had.
4. Comparing the Union and Confederate Armies: Policies & Members
Union and Confederate armies were spread out across the nation during the Civil War. They were comprised of soldiers with various reasons for fighting, and had many different factors which influenced their successes and defeats. Learn about both armies and their members in this lesson.
5. The Role of Women in the Civil War
In this lesson, we will explore some of the roles women played in the American Civil War. We will see how northern and southern women worked hard to supply the soldiers and take care of their homes. We will also meet women who served as nurses, spies and even soldiers.
6. African Americans in the Civil War: History & Facts
In this lesson, we will explore the experiences of African Americans during the Civil War. Some of them were slaves; others were free. Some were 'contraband' runaways; others were soldiers. Together, they contributed greatly to Civil War history.
7. How the Civil War Affected the Economy and Everyday Life in the North and South
With the strongest and most productive demographic of society away fighting in the Civil War, the task of running homes, communities, and the nation fell to those who stayed behind. The war on the home front changed their lives forever.
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Other chapters within the History 306: The American Civil War Era course
- Understanding History & Primary Sources
- Slavery in the Early United States
- The Abolitionist Movement in America
- The Pre-Civil War Sectional Crisis in the U.S.
- Influential American Civil War Writers
- Rising Tensions in Pre-Civil War America
- Southern Secession from the Union
- American Civil War Battles in 1861
- American Civil War Battles in 1862
- American Civil War Battles in 1863
- American Civil War Battles in 1864
- American Civil War Battles in 1865
- Important Figures in the American Civil War
- Military Strategies in the American Civil War
- Life Following the American Civil War
- Reconstruction After the American Civil War
- Required Assignments for History 306
- Studying for History 306