Ch 27: AEPA: Manifest Destiny

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The AEPA Middle Grades Social Science exam has been replaced with an NES Middle Grades Social Science test. Use this chapter to review the factors that influenced the movements of westward U.S. settlements, including Manifest Destiny and the annexation of Mexican territory.

AEPA: Manifest Destiny - Chapter Summary

The activities of this chapter have been put together to help you improve your understanding of the Manifest Destiny and the events that made it come to be. Start your review by watching this series of short, engaging lesson videos to improve your understanding of:

  • The Oregon Trail
  • Annexation of Texas
  • Sectional concerns of expansion
  • Presidencies of John Tyler and James K. Polk
  • The Mexican-American War and the conquest of Mexican territories
  • Election of 1848
  • California Gold Rush

After reviewing these lessons, take the quizzes to test your understanding of the material presented and find topics you don't quite understand. Improve your understanding of these topics by returning to the lesson videos with tags that allow you to skip over the material you already know. Alternatively try improving your understanding of the material by reading the lesson transcripts.

AEPA: Manifest Destiny Chapter Objectives

The state of Arizona uses the National Evaluations Series (NES) Middle Grades Social Science to measure potential middle grades teachers' knowledge of social sciences. On test day, you will be administered 150 multiple-choice questions in a three-hour testing session. Fifty percent of these questions will ask you about historical events - including those related to Manifest Destiny. Complete this chapter to improve your understanding of the events that allowed for U.S. expansion west, so that you will be better prepared for related questions on test day.

6 Lessons in Chapter 27: AEPA: Manifest Destiny
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The Oregon Trail: Westward Migration to the Pacific Ocean

1. The Oregon Trail: Westward Migration to the Pacific Ocean

Throughout the first half of the 19th century, the United States expanded its borders all the way to the Pacific Ocean, fulfilling its manifest destiny. Find out about the reasons people wanted this land, the path that took them there and the politicians who supported it all.

Manifest Destiny's Texas Annexation Problem

2. Manifest Destiny's Texas Annexation Problem

Find out why it took five presidents (Jackson, Van Buren, Harrison, Tyler and Polk) to get Texas annexed into the U.S. and added as a state during the era of Manifest Destiny.

President John Tyler: American Expansion and Sectional Concerns

3. President John Tyler: American Expansion and Sectional Concerns

In the presidential election of 1840, 'Tippecanoe and Tyler, Too!' prevailed. But with President Harrison's death just a month later, Vice President John Tyler took the oath of office. Was 'His Accidency' really as bad a president as some critics suggest?

President James K. Polk's Accomplishments in the Lower 48 States

4. President James K. Polk's Accomplishments in the Lower 48 States

President James Polk may be obscure, but he wasn't insignificant. Learn about his controversial territorial acquisitions that define most of what Americans today call the 'Lower 48' states.

The Mexican-American War, Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo & the Wilmot Proviso

5. The Mexican-American War, Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo & the Wilmot Proviso

The controversial Mexican-American War lasted from 1846-1848. In this lesson, discover how the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo expanded the southern part of the United States all the way to the Pacific Ocean.

Election of 1848 and the California Gold Rush

6. Election of 1848 and the California Gold Rush

General Zachary Taylor was elected president in 1848, hoping to see the peaceful addition of land from the Mexican cession. 'Old Rough and Ready' wasn't prepared for the California gold rush.

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