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Ch 13: Chapter 13: Westward Expansion (1820-1860)

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The Westward Expansion chapter of this Prentice Hall America Textbook Companion course helps students learn the essential history lessons of the nation's expansion into the West. Each of these simple and fun video lessons is about five minutes long and is sequenced to align with the Westward Expansion textbook chapter.

How it works:

  • Identify the lessons in Prentice Hall America's Westward Expansion chapter with which you need help.
  • Find the corresponding video lessons within this companion course chapter.
  • Watch fun videos that cover the Westward Expansion topics you need to learn or review.
  • Complete the quizzes to test your understanding.
  • If you need additional help, rewatch the videos until you've mastered the material or submit a question for one of our instructors.

Students will learn:

  • Impact of the Oregon Trail on U.S. expansion
  • Challenges of annexing Texas into the U.S.
  • Causes of the Mexican-American War
  • President Taylor and the California Gold Rush

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5 Lessons in Chapter 13: Chapter 13: Westward Expansion (1820-1860)
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Westward U.S. Expansion (1820-1860)

1. 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

2. 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

3. 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.

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

4. 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

5. 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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