About This Chapter
Who's it for?
Anyone who needs help learning or mastering AP U.S. history material will benefit from taking this course. There is no faster or easier way to learn AP U.S. history. Among those who would benefit are:
- Students who have fallen behind in understanding slavery and the sectional crisis
- Students who struggle with learning disabilities or learning differences, including autism and ADHD
- Students who prefer multiple ways of learning history (visual or auditory)
- Students who have missed class time and need to catch up
- Students who need an efficient way to learn about the sectional crisis
- Students who struggle to understand their teachers
- Students who attend schools without extra history learning resources
How it works:
- Find videos in our course that cover what you need to learn or review.
- Press play and watch the video lesson.
- Refer to the video transcripts to reinforce your learning.
- Test your understanding of each lesson with short quizzes.
- Verify you're ready by completing the Sectional Crisis chapter exam.
Why it works:
- Study Efficiently: Skip what you know, review what you don't.
- Retain What You Learn: Engaging animations and real-life examples make topics easy to grasp.
- Be Ready on Test Day: Use the Sectional Crisis chapter exam to be prepared.
- Get Extra Support: Ask our subject-matter experts any question about the sectional crisis. They're here to help!
- Study With Flexibility: Watch videos on any web-ready device.
Students will review:
This chapter helps students review the concepts in a sectional crisis unit of a standard AP U.S. history course. Topics covered include:
- Uncle Tom's Cabin
- Bloody Kansas
- Dred Scott vs. Sanford
- The Lincoln-Douglas debates
- The Southern Secession
- The start of the Civil War
1. 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.
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. 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.
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.
6. 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.
7. 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.
8. The Presidential Election of 1856: Summary & Results
In this lesson you will learn about the presidential election of 1856 and the events leading up to it. Discover when opinions of slavery and secession were so divided, it became necessary to create a new political party.
9. Louisiana Territory: History, Facts & Map
The acquisition of the Louisiana Territory was one of the defining moments of American History. Learn more about the history of the Louisiana Territory and test your knowledge with a quiz.
10. Panic of 1837: Causes & Summary
The Panic of 1837 was the first depression of America's industrial era. Develop an understanding of this financial crisis and test your knowledge with a short quiz.
11. US Slave States: Map & History
Slavery is generally thought of as a Southern issue, but that was not always the case. In fact, 12 of the first 18 Presidents of the United States owned slaves at some point during their lives. In the period before the Civil War, however, most slave states were in the South. This lesson will examine why.
12. Henry George: Quotes & Biography
Henry George was an economist best known for his work, 'Progress and Poverty.' His core argument was that people own what they create themselves, but land belongs to everyone equally.
13. Treaty of Fort Laramie in 1868: Summary & Overview
After increasing levels of violence between the Sioux and American soldiers, officials from both sides agreed on the Treaty of Fort Laramie in 1868. This Treaty failed to quell the violence and ultimately contributed to Custer's Last Stand.
14. Treaty of Fort Laramie in 1851: Summary & Overview
In response to an influx of white gold seekers heading to California in the mid-19th century, the Sioux and American officials met at Fort Laramie to hash out a peace conference. Learn about the Treaty of Fort Laramie and its outcomes, and then test yourself.
Earning College Credit
Did you know… We have over 200 college courses that prepare you to earn credit by exam that is accepted by over 1,500 colleges and universities. You can test out of the first two years of college and save thousands off your degree. Anyone can earn credit-by-exam regardless of age or education level.
To learn more, visit our Earning Credit Page
Transferring credit to the school of your choice
Not sure what college you want to attend yet? Study.com has thousands of articles about every imaginable degree, area of study and career path that can help you find the school that's right for you.
Other chapters within the AP US History: Help and Review course
- First Contacts (28,000 BCE-1821 CE): Help and Review
- Settling North America (1497-1732): Help and Review
- The Road to Revolution (1700-1774): Help and Review
- The American Revolution (1775-1783): Help and Review
- The Making of a New Nation (1776-1800): Help and Review
- The Virginia Dynasty (1801--1825): Help and Review
- Jacksonian Democracy (1825 -- 1850): Help and Review
- Life in Antebellum America (1807-1861): Help and Review
- Manifest Destiny (1806-1855): Help and Review
- American Civil War (1861-1865): Help and Review
- Reconstruction (1865-1877): Help and Review
- Industrialization and Urbanization (1870-1900): Help and Review
- The Progressive Era (1900-1917): Help and Review
- American Imperialism (1890-1919): Help and Review
- The Roaring 20s (1920-1929): Help and Review
- The Great Depression (1929-1940): Help and Review
- The US in World War II (1941-1945): Help and Review
- The World During WWII (1941-1945): Help and Review
- Post-War World (1946-1959): Help and Review
- The Cold War (1950-1973): Help and Review
- Protests & Civil Disobedience (1954-1973): Help & Review
- The 1970s (1969-1979): Help and Review
- The Rise of Political Conservatism (1980-1992): Help and Review
- Contemporary America (1992-2013): Help and Review
- Changes in the Modern United States: Help and Review
- AP U.S. History: Test-Taking Skills and Prep: Help and Review
- How to Write a Good Essay on Your AP Exam: Help and Review
- Developing and Writing Your AP Exam Essay: Help and Review
- Critical Thinking Skills for AP US History: Help and Review