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The Civil War and Reconstruction

The Civil War and Reconstruction covers the material taught in a one-semester college course. Questions on the exam test:

  • Knowledge of basic facts and terms
  • Understanding of concepts and principles
  • Ability to apply the knowledge to specific case problems

Topics covered in this course are:

  • Causes of the War
    • United States society in the mid-nineteenth century
    • Growing differences between the North and South
    • Slavery as a Southern institution
    • Abolition movement
    • Westward expansion of Free and Slave territory
    • John Brown’s raid on Harper’s Ferry
    • Political situation in 1860
  • 1861
    • Secession
    • Fort Sumter
    • Union Army vs. Confederate Army
    • First Manassas (Bull Run)
  • 1862
    • Political situation – North and South
    • Army of Potomac under McClellan
    • War in the West
    • War in the East
    • Major battles
    • Emancipation Proclamation
  • 1863
    • Casualties
    • Role of women in the war, North and South
    • Black Americans and the war
    • Political situation
    • Major battles
  • 1864 to May 1865
    • Political situation
    • War in the West
    • War in the East
    • Sherman’s continued march through the South
    • Fall of Richmond, flight of Confederate government
    • Lee’s surrender
    • Assassination of Lincoln
    • End of the Confederacy
    • Cost of the war

  • Reconstruction
    • Presidential reconstruction
    • Congressional reconstruction plans
    • Reconstruction of the South
    • End of Reconstruction

(Taken from “The Civil War and Reconstruction,” DSST/Dantes Subject Standardized Tests, Capstar/The Chauncey Group International.)

The required textbook(s) for the Traditional course are listed below.

  • Ordeal By Fire : The Civil War and Reconstruction   
      4th by James M. McPherson, James K Hogue - Mc Graw Hill,
    ISBN 9780077430351