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You'll learn all of the history topics covered in the textbook chapter, including:
- The controversial role President Fillmore played in the Compromise of 1850
- How the book Uncle Tom's Cabin contributed to tension over slavery in the 1850s
- The Dred Scott case against his owner John F.A. Sanford and how President Buchanan influenced the case
- John Brown's fight against slavery and his raid at Harper's Ferry
- The causes and effects of Bloody Kansas
- The Lincoln-Douglas debates and Lincoln's election
- How the Battle of Fort Sumter led to the start of the Civil War
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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.
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.
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.
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.
5. 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.
6. 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.
7. 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.
8. 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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Other chapters within the Glencoe The American Journey: Online Textbook Help course
- The American Journey Chapter 1: The First Americans
- The American Journey Chapter 2: Exploring the Americas
- The American Journey Chapter 3: Colonial America
- The American Journey Chapter 4: Growth of the 13 Colonies
- The American Journey Chapter 5: The Spirit of Independence
- The American Journey Chapter 6: The American Revolution
- The American Journey Chapter 7: A More Perfect Union
- The American Journey Chapter 8: The Federalist Era
- The American Journey Chapter 9: The Jefferson Era
- The American Journey Chapter 10: Growth & Expansion
- The American Journey Chapter 11: The Jackson Era
- The American Journey Chapter 12: Manifest Destiny
- The American Journey Chapter 13: North & South
- The American Journey Chapter 14: The Age of Reform
- The American Journey Chapter 16: The Civil War
- The American Journey Chapter 17: Reconstruction & the New South
- The American Journey Chapter 18: Opening the West
- The American Journey Chapter 19: The Industrial Age
- The American Journey Chapter 20: An Urban Society
- The American Journey Chapter 21: The Progressive Era
- The American Journey Chapter 22: Rise to World Power
- The American Journey Chapter 23: World War I
- The American Journey Chapter 24: The Jazz Age
- The American Journey Chapter 25: The Depression & the New Deal
- The American Journey Chapter 26: America & World War II
- The American Journey Chapter 27: The Cold War Era
- The American Journey Chapter 28: The Civil Rights Era
- The American Journey Chapter 29: The Vietnam Era
- The American Journey Chapter 30: America in the 1970s
- The American Journey Chapter 31: New Challenges