Part One: Watch
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lesson about the
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pause and take
notes about useful
Part One: Watch this short video lesson about the American Civil War. Be sure to pause and take notes about useful information.
The American Civil War officially began in 1861. It was the result of years of tension between Northern and Southern States. You see, in 1860, Abraham Lincoln was elected President. President Lincoln was anti-slave and Republican. These values and beliefs did not go over well with the Southern States, who relied heavily on slavery to run their plantations. So later that year, seven Southern States seceded from the Union and created the “Confederate States of America.” Secede means to formally withdraw from an alliance of federation. Other major sources of conflict included: legal and moral issues of slavery, the rights of the states versus the authority of the Federal government, and Westward Expansion.
We refer to the Northern States as the Union, and to the Southern States as the Confederacy. The leader of the Union Army was General Ulysses S. Grant, and t...