Unit 1: Prelude to the Civil War – 1840’s

President Tyler

Unit 1 High School

Unit Overview

Subjects Covered
Grammar, Literature, Composition, History
Time Period
Modern
Grade Level
High School: 9 – 12
Civilization
American
Literature
Poetry of the Modern Time Period – by John Keats. 

Van Buren as GovernorUnit Description

During the presidencies of Van Buren, Harrison, Tyler and Polk as well as during the war with Mexico and the California Gold Rush, every new decision, challenge and territory was overshadowed by the conflict between slavery and abolition.

Leading Ideas and Biblical Principles

  • The Bible provides the ethics upon which to judge people and nations.
  • God is sovereign over the affairs of men
    • From one man He made all the nations, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and He marked out their appointed times in history and the boundaries of their lands. — Acts 17:26

Unit 1 Resources: High School

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Resources

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Additional Maps:

Complementary Sources:

Videos:

The Start of the California Gold Rush, 1849 (will redirect to youtube)

The Arts

Literature:

John Keats, “Ode to a Nightingale”

Music: The Romantic Period of Music (1850-1900)

Find a summary of the period’s styles here.

Some Composers:

  • Beethoven (1770-1827)
  • Schubert (1797-1828)
  • Berlioz (1803-1869)
  • Mendelssohn (1809-1847)
  • Chopin (1810-1856)
  • Liszt (1811-1886)
  • Wagner (1813-1883)
  • Verdi (1813-1901)
  • Smetana (1824-1884)
  • Brahms (1833-1897)
  • Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)