Ch 21: OAE Middle Grades Social Studies: Expansion & Reform

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America saw drastic changes throughout the nineteenth century. This portion of the OAE Middle Grades Social Studies guide will help you review the expansion and reform years in the United States that you can expect to be find on the test.

OAE Middle Grades Social Studies: Expansion & Reform - Chapter Summary

Many sweeping shifts came through the United States as the American Revolution faded into the past. In this portion of video lessons for the OAE Middle Grades Social Studies course, you will be able to thoroughly review the changes that took place as the country evolved through the 1800s. The concepts you will be studying for this chapter include the following:

  • The Jefferson presidency
  • The Oregon Trail
  • The Indian Wars
  • The Mexican-American War
  • Manifest Destiny
  • The 1848 election and the California Gold Rush
  • Economic expansion
  • Reform movements
  • The abolitionist movement

After you have finished watching all of the video lessons included in this section, you can try out the self-assessment quizzes included to see how well you have prepared for the OAE exam. If you don't score as well as you would have liked on the quizzes, or if you are having trouble with a certain part of the chapter, contact the history experts at Study.com by using your dashboard.

9 Lessons in Chapter 21: OAE Middle Grades Social Studies: Expansion & Reform
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Thomas Jefferson's Presidency: Louisiana Purchase, Lewis & Clark, and More

1. Thomas Jefferson's Presidency: Louisiana Purchase, Lewis & Clark, and More

Thomas Jefferson is often noted as one of the best presidents in history. In our lesson, learn about some of President Jefferson's many famous domestic accomplishments and the controversy surrounding most of them.

The Oregon Trail: Westward Migration to the Pacific Ocean

2. 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.

The Indian Wars: Struggle Between Native Americans and Settlers

3. The Indian Wars: Struggle Between Native Americans and Settlers

As America expanded into the West, whites often encroached on Indian land and resources. Many Native Americans defended their territory, leading to a series of conflicts known as the Indian Wars.

Manifest Destiny's Texas Annexation Problem

4. 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.

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.

Economic Expansion in the 1800s: Slavery, Immigration & Corporations

7. Economic Expansion in the 1800s: Slavery, Immigration & Corporations

Find out how and why America's population grew tremendously in the first part of the 1800s. Then, learn how America became a market economy and added new transportation routes.

Reform Movements of the 19th Century

8. Reform Movements of the 19th Century

Inspired by the Second Great Awakening and Transcendentalism, Americans started a number of social reform movements in the antebellum era, including the fight against alcohol and slavery, as well as the fight for public schools, humane prisons and asylums, and women's rights.

Abolitionist Movement: Important Figures in the Fight to End Slavery

9. Abolitionist Movement: Important Figures in the Fight to End Slavery

The abolitionist movement spanned decades. Although slavery did not end peacefully, great Americans like William Lloyd Garrison, Frederick Douglass, and Harriet Beecher Stowe were some of the driving forces behind the anti-slavery movement.

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