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Ch 27: NMTA: Manifest Destiny

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Learn more about Manifest Destiny when you review this chapter's video lessons. The brief educational lessons include quizzes that can introduce you to the kinds of questions you'll find on the NMTA Middle Grades Social Science examination.

NMTA: Manifest Destiny - Chapter Summary

Watch this chapter's online video lessons as you prepare to master the NMTA Middle Grades Social Science examination's questions on Manifest Destiny. Revisit the events that transpired as the American settlers expanded westward across the United States during the 1800s. The lessons focus on topics such as the presidency of John Tyler, the California gold rush and the establishment of the Republic of Texas. Watch this chapter's videos for help with:

  • Reviewing the blazing of the Oregon Trail
  • Understanding the Texas annexation issue
  • Learning about America's expansion under President John Tyler
  • Describing the accomplishments of President James Polk
  • Explaining the origins of the Mexican-American War
  • Discussing the election of 1848

Make the most of the self-paced video lessons in this chapter by clicking on the links to relevant terms, using the video links to find information hastily and reviewing the corresponding written transcript as needed. The online videos are presented by expert instructors who can answer your submitted questions on Manifest Destiny. Short, multiple-choice quizzes and a practice examination can assess your preparedness for like questions on the NMTA Middle Grades Social Science examination.

NMTA: Manifest Destiny Chapter Objectives

The NMTA Middle Grades Social Science examination is comprised of four parts: History, Geography and Culture, Government, and Economics. This chapter's video lessons on the Manifest Destiny are designed to prepare you for questions in the History domain of the examination, which is worth approximately 50% of the entire score. The overall examination includes 150 multiple-choice questions. You'll be allowed about three hours to complete the computer-based examination.

6 Lessons in Chapter 27: NMTA: 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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