his121: Study Guide for Final

Posted in his121 by bnmng on 2010 02/26

Topics of Study for the Final Exam

American Indians. Focus will be on Eastern Indians. Know the Indian situation in general. Know about the developing Indian policy on the U.S. Government to 1851, the relevant Acts of Congress and Supreme curt decisions, the varying views of white people towards Indians, the various problems and conflicts that arose and how they were resolved, the main eastern tribes, key people, both Indian and white, and key events.

The American West. Know about the various land ordinances of the 1780s. Know the different territorial acquisitions (in terms of when, why, how, and under what circumstances they were aquired, the problems associated with them, and the motivating philosophies). Know about life on the Oregon Trail. Know about the various explorers, the Mountain Men, the Texas Revolution, the Mexican War, and the different trails leading west.

Slavery and Abolition. Know about what slavery was like in the 19th century, how it differed between regions and from earlier times, what the various responses of slaves were to their situation, the various plans and views on ending slavery, the arguments for and against slavery, leading figures, both pro and anti-slavery, abolitionist organizations, and abolitionist methods.

Everyday Life. Know about the material culture (i.e. objects and their relationship to American’s lives), architecture, education, medicine, family, women, how things changed and why during the first fifty years of the 19th century, and the effects this had on the American way of life.

The Coming of the Civil War. (much of this overlaps with the slavery and western topics) Know about the key sectional issues, the Acts of Congress pertaining to new states and western territories, Supreme Court decisions, how the slavery issue influenced things, the states’ rights issues, the differenet political parties, political leaders, and Presidents, and what they believed, and the political situation in terms of the balance of power in Congress.

The Civil War. Know about the differences between the North and South, why these were significant, and what effect they had on the outcome of the war. Know they key battles, key generals, stragegies, important social and political events and issues, political parties and leaders, soldier life, and Acts of Congress. Know the military and naval technological advances made during the war. (See Lists).

Readings for the Final Exam

Henretta, Fourth Edition

Chapter 6. Pages 179-180.
Chapter 7. Pages 206-208, 209-212.
Chapter 8. Pages 232-244 (skip inset on page 235).
Chapter 9. Pages 279-280.
Chapter10. Pages 302-306.
Chapter 11. Pages 335-339.
Chapter 12. Pages 349-375 (skip inset on page 359).
Chapter 13. Pages 377-405 (skip insets on pages 398 and 403).
Chapter 14. Pages 407-435 (skip insets on pages 413 and 422).

Voices from History
Documents #42, 50, 52, 58, 59, 62, 64, & 66.

Civil War Battles to Know
Eastern Theater
1st Manassas / 1st Bull Run*
The Seven Days
2nd Manassas / 2nd Bull Run
Sharpsburg / Antietam *
The Wilderness
Spotsylvania Court House
Cold Harbor

Western Theater
Forts Henry and Donelson
Murfreesboro / Stones River
Kennesaw Mountain

Far West
Gloria Pass

Civil War Generals to Know
Irvin McDowell
Winfield Scott
John Pope
Ambrose Burnside
Joseph Hooker
George Meade
William T. Sherman
George Thomas
Philip Sheridan
William Rosecrans
Ulysses Grant
George McClellan

J.E.B. Stuart
Robert E. Lee
James Longstreet
Joseph Johnston
Albert Sydney Johnston
Braxton Bragg
P.G.T. Beauregard
John Bell Hood
Jubal Early
John Pemberton
Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson


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