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Sectionalism in the U.S. - Chapter Summary
In this chapter, you will find helpful online video lessons that will teach your students about different topics related to the subject of sectionalism in American history. These topics will provide your eighth graders with a much better understanding of the specific events and issues that led to the American Civil War.
The lessons will go through the main definitions and issues needed to understand this subject, and then take your students through the key events relevant to sectionalism that occurred in the early history of the United States. The lessons are ordered according to a clear historical timeline, so students will come away from this chapter with a much better conception of this period in American history. Some of the specific topics your students will learn about include:
- The definition of sectionalism, and related conflicts
- History of American slave states
- Henry Clay, the 'Great Compromiser'
- The Nullification Crisis of 1832
- Summary and explanation of the Ostend Manifesto
Our lessons' instructors have expertise with these specific areas, and will go through all information point-by-point until your students have a thorough grasp of the subject as a whole. The chapter also offers helpful online quizzes that you can use to test your students' knowledge of these topics. Also be sure to track your students' learning progress using the Dashboard, so you can see how far they have come.
1. Sectionalism in U.S. History: Definition & Conflict
How did the United States end up in a bloody civil war? In this lesson, we are going to explore the rising sectionalism that divided the nation in almost every way possible across the 40 years leading up to the Civil War.
2. 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.
3. The Economics of American Slavery
Slavery was an institution that drastically impacted the economy of the United States. This lesson explores the early growth of slavery and how it helped shape both the Southern and national economy.
4. Slaves & Free Blacks in the Revolutionary War
In this lesson, learn how both slaves and free blacks were involved in the Revolutionary War. Understand their role and importance to both the Americans and the British war efforts.
5. Walker Tariff of 1846: Definition & Summary
The Walker Tariff of 1846 was a successful attempt by President James Polk to lower Federal tariff rates to help the economy and trade in Southern states. It was one of many political battles that occurred in the lead-up to the American Civil War.
6. Virginia and Kentucky Resolutions: Definition & Summary
In this lesson, you'll learn how the penning of the Virginia and Kentucky Resolutions challenged the constitutionality of the Sedition Act and created the idea of nullification.
7. Henry Clay Compromise
Understand the importance of Henry Clay in American politics during the nineteenth century, learn why Clay was known as the 'Great Compromiser,' and explore the compromises Clay crafted to keep northerners and southerners from drifting into war.
8. Nullification Crisis of 1832: Definition & Summary
Develop an understanding of the Nullification Crisis of 1832 to include who was involved, the impact of the debate and reactions by the president and Congress. Test your knowledge with a short quiz.
9. Prigg v. Pennsylvania: Summary & Analysis
In 'Prigg v. Pennsylvania,' the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a Pennsylvania anti-kidnapping law aimed at keeping African Americans from being transported out of the state and forced into slavery. This lesson examines that ruling.
10. Ostend Manifesto of 1854: Summary & Explanation
The Ostend Manifesto of 1854 was an intimidation ploy used by American diplomats in the international arena. Learn about the controversial document and its effect on the sectional conflict in the United States.
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