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Ch 8: U.S. Civil War (1850-1877)

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This chapter helps you refresh your understanding of Civil War history through bite-sized lessons and quizzes. Consult the chapter's resources whenever you need to brush up on Civil War events for history exams, essays, homework or any other academic assignment.

U.S. Civil War (1850-1877) - Chapter Summary

Review significant events of the U.S. Civil War with this online history chapter. Spanning the years 1850 through 1877, this chapter covers the events that led to the war, key Civil War battles, the assassination of Abraham Lincoln and the subsequent Reconstruction Period. By the end of the chapter, you should be able to:

  • Recognize the causes and impacts of the American Civil War
  • Compare the advantages of the North and the South at the start of the Civil War
  • Identify significant turning points in the war
  • Evaluate the impact of Lincoln's assassination and Lee's surrender at the Appomattox courthouse
  • Assess the goals, successes and failures of the Reconstruction Period

To solidify your understanding of these historical events, figures and dates, take the short quizzes that accompany each lesson. Use the Ask the Expert feature if you have any questions about the material, and revisit the lessons as many times as needed. The chapter can be accessed online through any desktop, laptop or mobile device.

5 Lessons in Chapter 8: U.S. Civil War (1850-1877)
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The American Civil War: Causes & Impacts

1. The American Civil War: Causes & Impacts

There were many political, economic, and social factors that led to the Civil War. In this lesson, we'll explore the causes of this war and its impact on the country.

Civil War Begins: Northern and Southern Advantages Compared

2. Civil War Begins: Northern and Southern Advantages Compared

At the outbreak of the American Civil War, both the North and South believed the conflict would be over quickly. But advantages for both the Confederacy and the Union meant a prolonged war between the states. In this lesson, discover some of the advantages that the North and South had.

Civil War Turning Points: Chancellorsville, Gettysburg and Vicksburg

3. Civil War Turning Points: Chancellorsville, Gettysburg and Vicksburg

In 1863, three events proved to be turning points for the American Civil War: the Battle of Chancellorsville, the Battle of Gettysburg and the Siege of Vicksburg. Learn about these Civil War turning points in this lesson.

Lincoln's Assassination and Lee's Surrender at Appomattox Courthouse

4. Lincoln's Assassination and Lee's Surrender at Appomattox Courthouse

Two of the most eventful weeks in American history took place between April 1 and April 15, 1865, during which Richmond (the capital of the Confederacy) fell, General Lee surrendered at Appomattox Courthouse and President Abraham Lincoln was assassinated.

Reconstruction Period: Goals, Success and Failures

5. Reconstruction Period: Goals, Success and Failures

Reconstruction of the South following the American Civil War lasted from 1865-1877 under three presidents. It wasn't welcomed by Southerners, and there were many problems throughout this process. But, was it successful?

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