Ch 28: MTTC Social Studies (Secondary): Manifest Destiny

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Use these lessons to review information about the concept of Manifest Destiny as you study for the MTTC Social Studies (Secondary) exam. These brief videos and quizzes can help you tackle exam questions on this topic in the U.S. History section.

MTTC Social Studies (Secondary): Manifest Destiny - Chapter Summary

Let us help you prepare for the MTTC Social Studies exam with this chapter's lessons on U.S. westward expansion in the first half of the 19th century. Our lessons offer assistance in answering questions on:

  • The Oregon Trail
  • Texas' annexation
  • Sectional concerns under President John Tyler
  • Expansion under President James Polk
  • The Mexican-American War and its impact
  • The California Gold Rush and 1848 election
  • The Compromise of 1850
  • The Kansas-Nebraska Act

These lessons are available anytime, via computer or mobile device. The videos include timelines with links that make it easy to return to specific parts of the lesson for review. Every lesson also includes a written transcript.

MTTC Social Studies (Secondary): Manifest Destiny Chapter Objectives

Michigan requires passing the MTTC Social Studies exam as one of the conditions for licensure to teach the secondary social studies. The exam covers the entire field, including history, geography, economics and political science. Questions on the material this chapter covers are in the exam's subarea on U.S. history. This subarea makes up 18% of the test's total content.

All questions on the exam are multiple choice, like the quizzes that follow our lessons. You can use these quizzes to assess your knowledge and also to get practice answering questions in a format similar to what you'll see on the exam.

7 Lessons in Chapter 28: MTTC Social Studies (Secondary): 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.

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.

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