Ch 34: US History in the 1800s

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US History in the 1800s - Chapter Summary

Our instructors outline 1800s U.S. history in the lessons in this informative chapter. Watch videos on economic expansion in the 1800s, including slavery and immigration, as well as the market revolution of American Industrialism and westward expansion in the U.S. This chapter is designed to ensure you're able to do the following:

  • Summarize the Louisiana Purchase and its importance
  • Define sectionalism in U.S. history and the conflict it brought
  • Detail the causes and impacts of the American Civil War
  • Outline the route of the Underground Railroad
  • Describe the goals, failures and successes of the Reconstruction Period
  • Explain the Reconstruction Amendments to the Constitution
  • Discuss the history and impact of the expansion of the Transcontinental Railroad
  • Identify the problems and effects of urbanization during the Second Industrial Revolution in America

Take your time reviewing these lessons and feel free to go back as much as needed in order to feel confident about these subjects ahead of exam day. The video lessons feature helpful video tabs that make navigating them quick and easy. Before you take the exam, answering the questions on the comprehensive chapter test may help to identify areas that need more work.

11 Lessons in Chapter 34: US History in the 1800s
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Economic Expansion in the 1800s: Slavery, Immigration & Corporations

1. Economic Expansion in the 1800s: Slavery, Immigration & Corporations

Find out how and why America's population grew tremendously in the first part of the 1800s. Then, learn how America became a market economy and added new transportation routes.

American Industrialization: Factory System and Market Revolution

2. American Industrialization: Factory System and Market Revolution

New agricultural technology revolutionized the North, South and West. In this lesson, learn how that technology ushered in the Market Revolution in America.

Westward U.S. Expansion (1820-1860)

3. 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.

The Louisiana Purchase of 1803: Summary, Facts & Importance

4. The Louisiana Purchase of 1803: Summary, Facts & Importance

This lesson discusses the Louisiana Purchase. Learn more about the most important real estate deal in American history and how it influenced the growth of the United States. Then test your knowledge with a quiz.

Sectionalism in U.S. History: Definition & Conflict

5. 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.

The American Civil War: Causes & Impacts

6. 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.

What Was the Underground Railroad? - History, Facts & Route

7. What Was the Underground Railroad? - History, Facts & Route

In this lesson we will discuss how the Underground Railroad worked and why it was important. Learn more about the secret paths that many slaves took to freedom.

Reconstruction Period: Goals, Success and Failures

8. 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?

The Reconstruction Amendments: The 13th, 14th and 15th Amendments

9. The Reconstruction Amendments: The 13th, 14th and 15th Amendments

Between 1865 and 1870, during the historical era known as Reconstruction, the Thirteenth, Fourteenth and Fifteenth Amendments to the U.S. Constitution were ratified to establish political equality for all Americans. Together, they are known as the Reconstruction Amendments.

Expanding the Transcontinental Railroad: History and Impact

10. Expanding the Transcontinental Railroad: History and Impact

After decades of wrangling, plans were finalized for construction of a transcontinental railroad during the Civil War. After completion in 1869, the railroad changed many aspects of American life, for better or worse.

Urbanization During the Second Industrial Revolution in America: Effects & Problems

11. Urbanization During the Second Industrial Revolution in America: Effects & Problems

After the Civil War, America transformed from a rural nation to an urban nation. Learn where all those people came from and why. Using New York City as an example, you'll see some of the problems of urbanization and the steps they took to improve it.

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