Ch 41: 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 41: 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

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?

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.

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

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

Define the Homestead Act of 1862, learn about its historical origins, and understand the challenges individuals faced as they established property claims on the Great Plains during the 19th century.

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