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Ch 35: MTTC History: Manifest Destiny

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Let us show you the route that settlers followed during their migration to the Pacific Ocean and other key events in the manifest destiny period of U.S. history. These lessons prepare you for related questions on the MTTC History exam.

MTTC History: Manifest Destiny - Chapter Summary

Our instructors offer an in-depth look at this time in U.S. history with short and simple lessons about the Oregon Trail, expansion efforts of different presidents, and the wars and treaties that characterized this historical period. Each concept is presented in a clear and concise manner, making it easy to retain critical info for the MTTC History exam, including:

  • The Oregon Trail and migration west to the Pacific Ocean
  • Texas annexation problem
  • President Tyler's expansion efforts and sectional issues
  • Accomplishments of President Polk in the lower 48
  • Mexican-American War and the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo
  • The Wilmot Proviso
  • California's Gold Rush

These lessons provide you with a flexible method for learning about key events of manifest destiny that you'll need to know for the MTTC History exam. The engaging animations and graphics make it fun and easy to get up to speed on manifest destiny, and each video comes with a transcript to help you quickly find definitions for important vocabulary.

Objectives of the MTTC History: Manifest Destiny Chapter

The MTTC History exam measures your knowledge of history, economics and political science as part of the history teacher licensing process in Michigan. It consists of four subsections and is made up entirely of multiple-choice questions. Questions about manifest destiny are found in the U.S. history subarea, which makes up 33% of the total exam. The self-assessment quizzes that come with the lessons in this chapter offer a convenient way to get familiar with the format of the questions on the exam in addition to preparing you for their content.

6 Lessons in Chapter 35: MTTC History: Manifest Destiny
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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