Ch 8: Politics, Industry & Economy in Civil War America

About This Chapter

Watch the video lessons in this chapter to get a better sense of what life was like during the American Civil War. Use the quizzes in each lesson to test your knowledge of the politics, industry and economy during the war.

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

Video Objective
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

7 Lessons in Chapter 8: Politics, Industry & Economy in Civil War America
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
President Lincoln's Cabinet: Members & Dynamics

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.

President Davis' Cabinet: Members & Dynamics

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.

Civil War Begins: Northern and Southern Advantages Compared

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.

Comparing the Union and Confederate Armies: Policies & Members

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.

The Role of Women in the Civil War

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.

African Americans in the Civil War: History & Facts

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.

How the Civil War Affected the Economy and Everyday Life in the North and South

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.

Chapter Practice Exam
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Practice Final Exam
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