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GACE History: Manifest Destiny - Chapter Summary
In this chapter, you'll review the historical factors that shaped the American movement known as Manifest Destiny so that you'll be ready to answer these types of questions on the GACE History exam. Topics covered here will reflect some of the main concepts you may need to know for the test, such as:
- Discussing how the Oregon Trail was used to travel west
- Outlining the annexation problem in the state of Texas
- Explaining U.S. presidents' roles in Manifest Destiny
- Outlining the key events and impact of the Mexican-American War
- Understanding the 1848 election and the Gold Rush that ensued
- Examining key events and policies in the presidencies of Pierce and Fillmore
Subjects are introduced in brief, comprehensible videos which are led by our professional instructors. Using this unique review method will allow you to tailor your studying approach to meet your specific needs while preparing for the GACE exam.
GACE History: Manifest Destiny Chapter Objectives
The GACE History exam was developed to measure prospective secondary school history teachers' understanding of historical concepts. This chapter features content that will appear on the subarea pertaining to U.S. history up to 1877, which makes up about 40% of Test II. Our lessons prepare you for questions you'll see on this part of the exam by strengthening your knowledge of the politics and events that impacted Manifest Destiny. In addition, our quizzes allow you to test your understanding and let you see the types of questions that will appear on the actual exam.
Test questions will be presented in selected-response format. You may be asked to click on a particular answer, drag and drop your response, or use another method for providing the best answer to questions that prompt you to demonstrate your knowledge about historical events and their effects.
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.
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.
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?
4. President James K. Polk's Accomplishments in the Lower 48 States
President James Polk may be obscure, but he wasn't insignificant. Learn about his controversial territorial acquisitions that define most of what Americans today call the 'Lower 48' states.
5. 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.
6. 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.
7. President Fillmore and the Compromise of 1850
Following President Zachary Taylor's death, Millard Fillmore took office. He supported the Compromise of 1850 that added new states from the Mexican cession and attempted to resolve long-standing controversies over slavery.
8. President Franklin Pierce's Politics and Economics
In the wake of the Compromise of 1850, President Franklin Pierce pursued an aggressive agenda of expansion. In this lesson, find out why it inflamed sectional tensions, and why he wasn't re-nominated for a second term.
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