Ch 21: American Westward Expansion

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This chapter consists of lessons on the westward expansion in American history. Get to know the exploits of Lewis and Clark, see the facts of the Louisiana Purchase, and examine the Trail of Tears and the Indian Wars.

American Westward Expansion - Chapter Summary

These lessons will have you explore the history of America's westward expansion. Get familiar with President Thomas Jefferson's contributions and controversies during the early years of this expansion period. See how well it worked for America with the most famous real estate deal in our history: the Louisiana Purchase.

Analyze our fulfillment of our manifest destiny and learn about the key players who made much of the westward expansion happen. Go over such lesson information as:

  • Louisiana Purchase, Lewis and Clark, and more that happened during Thomas Jefferson's presidency
  • Summary, facts and importance of the Louisiana Purchase of 1803
  • U.S. expansion westward from 1820-1860
  • Westward migration to the Pacific ocean and the story of the Oregon trail
  • Jackson's Indian Removal Act of 1830 and the Trail of Tears
  • Conflict, conquest and assimilation of Native Americans during the Gilded Age
  • Struggle between settlers and Native Americans also known as the Indian Wars

The video lessons have written transcripts, and each has an accompanying quiz to test your understanding of the lesson material. Depending on your existing knowledge of the westward expansion, spend as much or as little time as necessary on the self-paced lessons, all of which are accessible online.

6 Lessons in Chapter 21: American Westward Expansion
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Thomas Jefferson's Presidency: Louisiana Purchase, Lewis & Clark, and More

1. Thomas Jefferson's Presidency: Louisiana Purchase, Lewis & Clark, and More

Thomas Jefferson is often noted as one of the best presidents in history. In our lesson, learn about some of President Jefferson's many famous domestic accomplishments and the controversy surrounding most of them.

The Louisiana Purchase of 1803: Summary, Facts & Importance

2. The Louisiana Purchase of 1803: Summary, Facts & Importance

This lesson discusses the Louisiana Purchase. Learn more about the most important real estate deal in American history and how it influenced the growth of the United States. Then test your knowledge with a quiz.

Westward U.S. Expansion (1820-1860)

3. Westward U.S. Expansion (1820-1860)

This lesson will explain America's 19th century expansion into the West. It will define the concept of Manifest Destiny and highlight the displacement of Native Americans.

The Oregon Trail: Westward Migration to the Pacific Ocean

4. 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.

The Trail of Tears and Jackson's Indian Removal Act of 1830

5. The Trail of Tears and Jackson's Indian Removal Act of 1830

In this lesson, we'll discuss Jackson's forced removal of Native Americans from their land in the east to new territory west of the Mississippi River.

Native Americans: Conflict, Conquest and Assimilation During the Gilded Age

6. Native Americans: Conflict, Conquest and Assimilation During the Gilded Age

In the second half of the 19th century, the federal government attempted to control Native American nations. This led to violent conflicts known together as the Indian Wars. Learn about famous battles, and the attempt to 'civilize' tribes through various policies.

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