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US Expansion, Civil War & Reconstruction Period - Chapter Summary
Our informative chapter outlines the periods U.S. expansion and Reconstruction, as well as the Civil War. In these lessons, you'll review the major events, successes and failures during this era. After completing these lessons, you should be able to:
- Detail the westward U.S. expansion between 1820 and 1860
- Outline the causes of the American Civil War
- Define sectionalism as it applies to U.S. history
- Summarize the Emancipation Proclamation
- Explain the goals of the Reconstruction period
Take as much time as you need to work through these learning materials at your own pace. Our professional instructors have created these lessons and quizzes to ensure that these topics are accessible and easy to understand. Our video and text lessons are all followed by a short quiz to test your comprehension before moving on to other topics.
1. Westward U.S. Expansion (1820-1860)
This lesson will explain America's 19th century expansion into the West. It will define the concept of Manifest Destiny and highlight the displacement of Native Americans.
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. Emancipation Proclamation: Summary & Analysis
In this lesson, we will discuss the background of the Civil War and the role of slavery. We will then define the Emancipation Proclamation, summarize its key points, and then analyze the effects that it had on the Civil War and the United States.
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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