Ch 38: FTCE Social Science: Westward Expansion

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Familiarize yourself with key figures and events of the westward expansion in U.S. history with our text and video lessons. Knowledge of this material is needed when taking the Florida Teacher Certification Examinations (FTCE) Social Science exam.

FTCE Social Science: Westward Expansion - Chapter Summary

From presidents to wars and legislation, the text and video lessons in this chapter focus on major events during the 19th century. You'll review why the westward expansion occurred along with the positive and negative impacts of this migratory movement. These lessons will prepare you to answer questions in the U.S. history section of the FTCE Social Science exam and result in your being able to do the following:

  • Relate details about the Oregon Trail
  • Describe how Texas was annexed into the U.S.
  • Detail highlights of John Tyler's presidency during the era of westward expansion
  • Summarize the causes and aftermath of the Mexican-American War
  • Illustrate the height of expansion during the California Gold Rush
  • Note how the Homestead Act of 1852 played a role in westward expansion

The text and video lessons highlight key terms, names and laws that you will need to know for the FTCE Social Science exam. You can further prepare for the test by taking the accompanying quizzes that assess what you have retained and help you identify the areas in which you might need further review.

6 Lessons in Chapter 38: FTCE Social Science: Westward Expansion
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The Oregon Trail: Westward Migration to the Pacific Ocean

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

The desire to expand America lead to a westward migration to the Pacific Ocean and the annexation of the Oregon Trail. Learn about the history of American westward expansion, executive expansionists, reasons for expansion, and how expansion helped to achieve manifest destiny.

Manifest Destiny's Texas Annexation Problem

2. Manifest Destiny's Texas Annexation Problem

Learn how the early Amerian idealogy of manifest destiny conflicted with the annexation of Texas into the United States of America. Take a closer look at the history of the Republic of Texas, how the problems with annexing Texas and slavery were related, and how Texas finally became a state in 1845.

President John Tyler: American Expansion and Sectional Concerns

3. President John Tyler: American Expansion and Sectional Concerns

John Tyler's presidency was rife with opposition from members of the United States Congress, including their making him the first president to be impeached. Learn more about Tyler's accomplishments in pushing for American expansion, and how many southerners left the Whig Party to join the Democrats.

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

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

The Mexican-American War was controversial and complex. Explore the roots of the war and learn about the Polk's War, the political war, the media war, the war on the battlefields, and the Treaty of Guadalupe.

Election of 1848 and the California Gold Rush

5. Election of 1848 and the California Gold Rush

Study the election of 1848 and how it was connected to the California Gold Rush. Learn about the election of General Zachary Taylor in 1848, the discovery of gold in California, the ensuring gold rush of 1849, and California's application for statehood.

What is the Homestead Act of 1862? - Definition & Summary

6. What is the Homestead Act of 1862? - Definition & Summary

The Homestead Act of 1862 provided land ownership for US citizens, but the said Act faced many controversies. Discover how the Homestead Act of 1862 came into effect, its historical background, and the challenges its beneficiaries overcame.

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