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Ch 9: WEST History: American Civil War

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Our short video lessons and self-assessment quizzes offer you a valuable refresher course in preparation for the WEST History test. The American Civil War chapter can help you prepare for the questions in the U.S. history portion of the WEST History exam.

WEST History: American Civil War - Chapter Summary

The lessons in this chapter can help you review for the WEST History test by refreshing your knowledge of the events leading up to the Civil War, major battles, personalities involved, turning points and significant events. The material covered in the lessons is as follows:

  • Election of Abraham Lincoln, secession and the Confederacy
  • North vs. South: beginnings of the war
  • Major engagements: Bull Run, Shiloh, Merrimac vs. Monitor
  • Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation
  • Turning points: Gettysburg, Chancellorsville
  • The march to Richmond, beginning of the end
  • General Lee's surrender, Lincoln's assassination

Our brief, engaging video lessons allow you to refresh or expand your knowledge, and the self-assessment quizzes give you a means to track your progress. Our lessons provide a timeline feature so that you can review selectively, and we have subject-matter experts available for consultation if you so desire.

WEST History: American Civil War Objectives

The WEST History test evaluates your knowledge of world and United States history and social studies skills and concepts, as part of the requirements for teacher certification or a history teaching endorsement. The American Civil War chapter addresses the U.S. History domain of the WEST History exam, which accounts for 36% of the overall test.

The WEST History exam is computer-based. The tests consists of 110 questions, all of which are multiple choice. You are presented with a short passage to read and a list of possible responses, from which you will select the one that best answers the question.

8 Lessons in Chapter 9: WEST History: American Civil War
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Lincoln's Election, Southern Secession & the New Confederacy

1. 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.

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.

The First Battle of Bull Run: Civil War Blood is Shed

3. The First Battle of Bull Run: Civil War Blood is Shed

Three months after the bombardment of Fort Sumter, Northern troops attacked Southern forces near the Confederate capital of Richmond, Virginia. The first Battle of Bull Run (or Manassas) was the first major engagement of the Civil War and a terrifying defeat for the Union spectators who came to watch.

Key Civil War Battles in 1862: Monitor and Merrimac, Antietam, New Orleans & Shiloh

4. Key Civil War Battles in 1862: Monitor and Merrimac, Antietam, New Orleans & Shiloh

In 1862, the Union put its Anaconda Plan into action, resulting in several critical events: the Peninsular Campaign, the Battle of Hampton Roads between the ironclads Monitor and Virginia (Merrimack), the Battle of Shiloh, the capture of New Orleans, and the Battle of Antietam.

The Emancipation Proclamation: Creation, Context and Legacy

5. The Emancipation Proclamation: Creation, Context and Legacy

On January 1, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation went into effect. More than three million slaves in the South were freed, but the move was not without its critics, both then and now.

Civil War Turning Points: Chancellorsville, Gettysburg and Vicksburg

6. 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.

End of the Civil War: General Grant Begins the March Toward Richmond

7. End of the Civil War: General Grant Begins the March Toward Richmond

President Lincoln took a gamble and named Ulysses S. Grant as General-in-Chief of the Union army. They devised a plan to finally take Richmond and win the war in 1864. In this lesson, learn about General Grant's controversial tactics.

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

8. 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.

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