Ch 10: Prentice Hall US History Chapter 10: The Union in Crisis (1846-1861)

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The Union in Crisis (1846-1861) chapter of this Prentice Hall US History Companion Course helps students learn the essential lessons associated with conditions prior to the Civil War. Each of these simple and fun video lessons is about five minutes long and is sequenced to align with the Union in Crisis textbook chapter.

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Students will learn about:

  • Millard Fillmore and the Compromise of 1850
  • Uncle Tom's Cabin
  • Bloody Kansas
  • Scott versus Sanford
  • Lincoln-Douglas debates
  • Harpers Ferry
  • The 1860 election
  • Abraham Lincoln and secession
  • Battle of Fort Sumter

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9 Lessons in Chapter 10: Prentice Hall US History Chapter 10: The Union in Crisis (1846-1861)
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President Fillmore and the Compromise of 1850

1. President Fillmore and the Compromise of 1850

Following President Zachary Taylor's death, Millard Fillmore took office. He supported the Compromise of 1850 that added new states from the Mexican cession and attempted to resolve long-standing controversies over slavery.

Uncle Tom's Cabin and Tension Over Slavery in the 1850s

2. Uncle Tom's Cabin and Tension Over Slavery in the 1850s

Uncle Tom's Cabin captured the plight of slaves in the 1850s like no other book. The novel, coupled with the Missouri Compromise and the Fugitive Slave Act, served to further strain the country, which was at a breaking point over the issue of slavery. This lesson details these events.

Bloody Kansas: Causes, Effects and Summary of Events

3. 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

4. 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 Lincoln-Douglas Debates of 1858: Summary & Significance

5. The Lincoln-Douglas Debates of 1858: Summary & Significance

In an effort to secure their own appointments to the U.S. Senate, Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Douglas squared off in a series of seven debates in 1858. Find out why Douglas might have won in the short term but Lincoln won in the long term.

John Brown's Raid at Harpers Ferry: Fighting Slavery

6. John Brown's Raid at Harpers Ferry: Fighting Slavery

John Brown was a man of strong convictions - so strong that he was willing to fight, to kill, and to die for them. These abolitionist beliefs led him from Kansas to Virginia, where he would pay the ultimate price. This lesson tells that story.

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.

Lincoln's Election, Southern Secession & the New Confederacy

8. Lincoln's Election, Southern Secession & the New Confederacy

Learn about how Abraham Lincoln's election in the contentious 1860 presidential race set off a domino effect leading to the secession of South Carolina and six other states and the formation of the Confederate States of America.

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

9. 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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