Period 5 focuses on the Civil War and Reconstruction, beginning with the chain of events that led to the war and ending with the Compromise of 1877, which ended Radical Reconstruction twelve years after the war ended.
The Road to Civil War (1848-1860)
The years leading the the Civil War were defined by several debates - mostly concerning the westward expansion of slavery - that sometimes led to violence and escalated sectional tensions. To help review the events and movements that led to the Civil War, I have included a review video that offers a summary of the years between the Mexican-American War and the Civil War as well as some topical videos that delve a bit deeper into key events.
The Civil War (1861-1865)
These review videos explain key events in the Civil War: the Election of 1860, the Emancipation Proclamation, and the Gettysburg Address.
The Civil War was followed by a twelve year period of Reconstruction. These videos by HipHughes explain the key concepts of the period: the differences between Congressional and Radical Reconstruction, the Fourteenth Amendment, and the Compromise of 1877.
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