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American Expansion of the 1800s - Chapter Summary
In this teacher resource chapter, video lessons outlining the American expansion of the 1800s are available for you to use to craft your curriculum. Just a few of the topics covered here include the Industrial Revolution, Henry Clay and Manifest Destiny. By bringing technology into the classroom by showing these concise videos, you'll help engage your students in this time period of American history. You can also use them to create your own lectures, essay topics, games and other activities.
How It Helps
- Provides background: With lessons on economic expansion and immigration to the Oregon Trail and California Gold Rush, you'll provide your students with a thorough understanding of this time period.
- Includes assessments: Before or after showing the videos in class, test your students' knowledge of American expansion during the 1800s using our multiple-choice lesson quizzes and more comprehensive chapter test.
- Simplifies planning: When you use this chapter and the helpful teaching resource tools provided in it, you'll save time writing and researching your own lessons and assessments.
This chapter is designed to help you teach your students how to:
- Outline the effects of the Industrial Revolution in America
- Discuss slavery, immigration and the economic expansion in the 1800s
- Explain the American system and Henry Clay
- Summarize Manifest Destiny and its timeline
- Identify the transportation revolution in America
- Detail the Oregon Trail
- Describe the election of 1848 and the California Gold Rush
1. The Industrial Revolution in America: Inventions & Effects
The Industrial Revolution in America left a lasting effect on nearly every aspect of society. In this lesson, learn about the inventions that changed America, discuss the lasting effects of these changes, and take a quiz to summarize the key points.
2. Economic Expansion in the 1800s: Slavery, Immigration & Corporations
Find out how and why America's population grew tremendously in the first part of the 1800s. Then, learn how America became a market economy and added new transportation routes.
3. Henry Clay and the American System
Henry Clay's development of the American System represented the nationalist sentiment that swept the nation following the War of 1812. Learn about the economic system and its impact on the United States.
4. Manifest Destiny: Definition, Summary and Timeline
Manifest Destiny was a term coined by John O'Sullivan in 1845. It encompassed the idea that the United States was destined to occupy all the land between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans.
5. The Transportation Revolution: Turnpikes to Steamboats to Railroads
In the half-century before the Civil War, America experienced a transportation revolution that improved the way people and goods crossed the nation, opened up new areas for settlement and altered the centers of economic power.
6. 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.
7. 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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