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Ch 27: NES: Manifest Destiny

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This chapter is about the migration to the Pacific Ocean, annexation of Texas and the territories conquered after the Mexican-American War. Use the lessons of this chapter to review for Manifest Destiny questions on the NES Middle Grades Social Science exam.

NES: Manifest Destiny - Chapter Summary

The purpose of this chapter is to explain the expansion of the United States under the Manifest Destiny. In them, our expert instructors discuss related topics that you may see on the National Evaluation Series (NES) Middle Grades Social Science exam regarding:

  • The Oregon Trail's path to the Pacific Ocean
  • The annexation of Texas
  • Sectional concerns of American expansion
  • Presidents Polk's accomplishments
  • The Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo and the Wilmot Proviso
  • California Gold Rush and the 1848 election

For an additional review of the lessons, read the lesson transcripts. These written overviews of the material will help you study key event and terms in the chapter. After you've finished your review of a lesson, be sure to test your retention of the material by taking the lesson quiz. Then use the video tags, from the quiz results, to review the material you don't understand.

NES: Manifest Destiny Chapter Objectives

Passing the National Evaluation Series (NES) Middle Grades Social Science exam is a key step to earning teacher certification for middle grades social science teachers in some states. When you take this exam you should be prepared to answer a series of 150 multiple-choice questions that measure your understanding of this field of study. When studying for this exam keep in mind that half of the questions (50%) on this exam are part of the history content area, and this is the area where you may find questions on Manifest Destiny and the events of American expansion.

6 Lessons in Chapter 27: NES: 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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