Ch 10: Sectional Crisis (1850-1861): Tutoring Solution

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The Sectional Crisis (1850-1861) chapter of this AP US History Tutoring Solution is a flexible and affordable path to learning about the differences between the North and South during this period. These simple and fun video lessons are each about five minutes long and they teach all of the issues and tensions of the sectional crisis of 1850-1861 required in a typical AP US history course.

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Learning Objectives

  • Take a look at factors that contributed to the tension over slavery in the 1850s.
  • Describe the causes and effects of Bloody Kansas.
  • Discuss the Supreme Court decision in Dred Scott v. Sanford.
  • Learn about John Brown's raid at Harpers Ferry.
  • Understand the significance of the Lincoln-Douglas debates of 1858.
  • Discuss Lincoln's election and the secession of the South.
  • Learn about the Battle of Fort Sumter and the start of the Civil War.

10 Lessons in Chapter 10: Sectional Crisis (1850-1861): Tutoring Solution
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Uncle Tom's Cabin and Tension Over Slavery in the 1850s

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

In the 1850s, Harriet Beecher Stowe's novel, 'Uncle Tom's Cabin,' detailed the injustices of slavery. Learn how this book, along with the Missouri Compromise and the Fugitive Slave Act, helped spur the United States into Civil War and the end of slavery on U.S. soil.

Bloody Kansas: Causes, Effects and Summary of Events

2. Bloody Kansas: Causes, Effects and Summary of Events

The term 'Bleeding Kansas' refers to the violence surrounding the issue of slavery in the Kansas territory. Learn about the tension between slave states and free states, the Kansas-Nebraska Act, who Charles Sumner was, and the cause and effects of Bloody Kansas.

Dred Scott v. Sanford and President Buchanan

3. Dred Scott v. Sanford and President Buchanan

In the court case Dred Scott v. Sanford, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that blacks (free or slaves) were not citizens and had no constitutional rights. Learn about the Dred Scott decision, President James Buchanan, and how these events led a divided America to the brink of the Civil War.

John Brown's Raid at Harpers Ferry: Fighting Slavery

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

John Brown was an abolitionist who led an attack on Harpers Ferry, Virginia. Explore how the division between the North and the South and the election of Abraham Lincoln caused rumors of war, and discover John Brown's role in the fight against slavery.

The Lincoln-Douglas Debates of 1858: Summary & Significance

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

In 1858, Abraham Lincoln and Stephen A. Douglas competed for a U.S. Senate seat and met for a series of seven debates. Learn who Lincoln and Douglas were, and explore the issues they discussed in their debates. Understand why these debates were significant and review Lincoln's House Divided Speech.

Lincoln's Election, Southern Secession & the New Confederacy

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

Four political parties contended for the presidency during the 1860 Presidential election. Abraham Lincoln won the election with 40% of the popular vote and became the 16th President of America. Learn about the 1860 Presidential election and the events that led to the formation of the Confederate States of America.

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

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

The Civil War was triggered when South Carolina's militia attacked Fort Sumter. Learn about the crisis at Fort Sumter, explore the Battle of Fort Sumter, including Fort Sumter's fall, and understand how this became the start of the Civil War.

Fugitive Slave Act of 1850: Definition & Summary

8. Fugitive Slave Act of 1850: Definition & Summary

The Fugitive Slave Act of 1850 took away rights and allowed arrest warrants for runaway enslaved people. Learn how abolitionists and other northerners resisted this act through personal liberty laws, Uncle Tom's Cabin, and the Underground Railroad.

Walker Tariff of 1846: Definition & Summary

9. Walker Tariff of 1846: Definition & Summary

President James Polk enacted the Walker Tariff of 1846 to help stimulate the economy and trade in the Southern states before the Civil War. Explore the Walker Tariff's historical context, its provisions, and its impact and consequences.

Know-Nothing Party: Definition & Overview

10. Know-Nothing Party: Definition & Overview

The Know-Nothing political party gained popularity in the Northeastern United States in the mid 1800s. In this lesson you will learn about the rise and fall of this party that opposed immigration.

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