Ch 10: Praxis Middle School Social Studies: Antebellum America

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Take a look through the materials in this chapter as part of your preparations for the Praxis Middle School Social Studies exam. These lessons will help you review life in antebellum America specifically.

Praxis Middle School Social Studies: Antebellum America - Chapter Summary

To help you study for the Praxis Middle School Social Studies exam, look over this chapter. These lessons will enable you to review material you already know about life in the American North and South prior to the Civil War. Lessons topics in this chapter include:

  • 19th century reform movements
  • Developments in transportation
  • Shifts from an agricultural to commercial economy in the North
  • Problems of urbanization in the northern United States
  • Agricultural economy of the southern states
  • Slavery in America

Progressing through each lesson won't take long because the videos range from around 5-10 minutes and come equipped with video tags. These tags make scrolling to a main topic in a lesson easy. You can also use our lesson transcripts and self-assessment quizzes, which help you effectively prepare for related questions on the actual exam.

6 Lessons in Chapter 10: Praxis Middle School Social Studies: Antebellum America
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Reform Movements of the 19th Century

1. Reform Movements of the 19th Century

Inspired by the Second Great Awakening and Transcendentalism, Americans started a number of social reform movements in the antebellum era, including the fight against alcohol and slavery, as well as the fight for public schools, humane prisons and asylums, and women's rights.

The Transportation Revolution: Turnpikes to Steamboats to Railroads

2. The Transportation Revolution: Turnpikes to Steamboats to Railroads

In the half-century before the Civil War, America experienced a transportation revolution that improved the way people and goods crossed the nation, opened up new areas for settlement and altered the centers of economic power.

Economic Developments in the North: A Commercial Revolution

3. 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.

Problems of Urbanization and Daily Life in the North

4. Problems of Urbanization and Daily Life in the North

In the antebellum years, American cities grew. Find out why and what it was like to live in New York, Philadelphia and other Northern cities in the middle of the 19th century.

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

5. 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

6. 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.

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