Ch 8: MTEL History: Manifest Destiny

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Use our lessons to review information about America's expansion prior to the Civil War. Our videos and quizzes will help you answer these types of questions on the MTEL History exam.

MTEL History: Manifest Destiny - Chapter Summary

Let this chapter's lessons help you brush up on facts about manifest destiny and America's westward expansion to prepare for the MTEL History exam. Our instructors will guide you through the following concepts as you prepare to answer these types of exam questions:

  • Migration along the Oregon Trail
  • Issues involving the annexation of Texas
  • President John Tyler's position on American expansion and sectional concerns
  • Accomplishments of President James K. Polk
  • The election of 1848
  • Impact of the gold rush in California

These short video lessons and their quizzes are designed to prepare you for the MTEL exam. Our instructors make them fun and informative, offering what you'll need on test day.

Objectives of the MTEL History: Manifest Destiny Chapter

In Massachusetts, anyone who wants certification to teach history must pass the MTEL History exam. The topics covered in this Manifest Destiny chapter are in the test's section on U.S. history, which makes up 30% of the total score.

All questions on this section of the MTEL History exam are multiple-choice. The questions on our brief quizzes that follow each lesson are multiple-choice as well. These quizzes test your knowledge and let you practice answering questions in a format similar to what you'll face on the MTEL exam.

6 Lessons in Chapter 8: MTEL History: Manifest Destiny
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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.

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