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Ch 11: Holt United States History Chapter 11: Expanding West (1800-1855)

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The Expanding West (1800-1855) chapter of this Holt United States History Online Companion Course helps students learn the essential United States history lessons related to westward expansion. Each of these simple and fun video lessons is about five minutes long and is sequenced to align with the Expanding West (1800-1855) textbook chapter.

How it works:

  • Identify the lessons in Expanding West (1800-1855) chapter with which you need help.
  • 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.

Chapter Topics

You'll learn all of the history topics covered in the textbook chapter, including:

  • Westward migration on the Oregon Trail
  • Manifest Destiny and the annexation of Texas
  • Sam Houston
  • The Mexican-American War
  • A rush for gold in California and the election of 1848
  • Westward expansion changes American demographics

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5 Lessons in Chapter 11: Holt United States History Chapter 11: Expanding West (1800-1855)
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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.

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

3. 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

4. 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.

America's Demographic Changes in the Early 1800s

5. America's Demographic Changes in the Early 1800s

The early 1800s saw the United States quickly grow in size. New immigrants and new land meant a bigger and stronger country. It also meant displacing thousands of Native Americans and the continued spread of slavery.

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