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Ch 9: HiSET: Manifest Destiny (1806-1855)

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Learn about the philosophies and events surrounding the concept of Manifest Destiny in this chapter. Take the quizzes and view the videos to prepare for the HiSET Social Studies exam.

HiSET: Manifest Destiny (1806-1855) - Chapter Summary

The social studies subtest of the HiSET exam may contain questions concerning Manifest Destiny, an American philosophy popular in the nineteenth century. You can prepare by viewing the videos in this chapter, which go over:

  • The importance of the Oregon Trail
  • Texas and the question of statehood
  • The Mexican-American War
  • American expansion under Tyler, Polk, Fillmore and Pierce
  • Events that led to the California Gold Rush

Professional instructors present the material in short videos that are gererally less than ten minutes. You can study when, where and for as long as you like because our videos are always accessible. The accompanying worksheets make sure you're getting the info you need to prepare for the HiSET.

HiSET: Manifest Destiny (1806-1855) Objectives

The social studies section is one of five sections of the HiSET exam. It includes 50 multiple-choice questions, 38% of which test your knowledge of history, including American history concepts like Manifest Destiny. Because our videos are put together by professional instructors, you can rest assured the presented material is accurate and up to date.

Additionally, every lesson also touts a quiz at the end. These quizzes can help you gauge how well you understood the material, and they also show you the types of questions you can expect on the actual HiSET exam.

8 Lessons in Chapter 9: HiSET: Manifest Destiny (1806-1855)
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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?

President James K. Polk's Accomplishments in the Lower 48 States

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.

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

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.

Election of 1848 and the California Gold Rush

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.

President Fillmore and the Compromise of 1850

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.

President Franklin Pierce's Politics and Economics

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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