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Ch 42: MTEL Middle School Humanities: Manifest Destiny

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Examine this chapter to refresh your knowledge of examples of the American mindset of Manifest Destiny. Studying these lessons will equip you for the history questions of the MTEL Middle School Humanities exam.

MTEL Middle School Humanities: Manifest Destiny - Chapter Summary

These lessons will help you prepare for the MTEL Middle School Humanities exam by enabling you to refresh your knowledge of the concept of Manifest Destiny as conveyed in American history. Topics that will be addressed include:

  • Westward expansion
  • Annexation of Texas
  • Sectional tensions during John Tyler's presidency
  • President Polk's land acquisitions
  • Impact of the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo
  • California Gold Rush

Led by our expert instructors, each brief video lesson presents an informative and interesting way to review these topics. In addition to viewing the lessons, you can also read the full transcripts that accompany each. After you finish the videos, be sure to take the short interactive quizzes to gauge how well you comprehend the subject matter.

MTEL Middle School Humanities: Manifest Destiny - Chapter Objectives

The MTEL Middle School Humanities exam assesses how well you understand humanities that might be taught to middle school students. The test focuses on content divided over six subareas, 100 multiple-choice and 2 open-response questions. Of these questions, 25% are history related.

One of the primary objectives of the history questions is to demonstrate an understanding of major societal developments in the U.S. from 1815 through the era of Reconstruction, including the time period in which Manifest Destiny was prevalent. The lessons of this chapter provide detailed insight into Manifest Destiny and will equip you with the knowledge you need for any pertinent questions on the exam. By carefully reviewing the videos and taking the short quizzes, you will have the opportunity to practice using your knowledge in preparation for the test.

6 Lessons in Chapter 42: MTEL Middle School Humanities: 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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