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Ch 8: Overview of Westward Expansion

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Overview of Westward Expansion - Chapter Summary

Our professional instructors cover westward expansion in this informative and mobile-friendly chapter. Just a few of the subjects covered here include the Oregon Trail, Manifest Destiny and the Mexican-American War. Once you complete this chapter, you should be ready to:

  • Explain westward migration to the Pacific Ocean on the Oregon Trail
  • Outline Manifest Destiny's Texas annexation problem
  • Discuss American expansion and sectional concerns under President John Tyler
  • Detail the Wilmot Proviso, the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo and the Mexican-American War
  • Relate the role of President Filmore in the Compromise of 1850

Along with each lesson in this chapter, we've included a self-assessment quiz so you can be sure you're ready to move on. Each video lesson is easy to navigate using the video tags, so you can jump directly to specific points. If you get stuck along the way, our experts are available to answer any questions.

5 Lessons in Chapter 8: Overview of Westward Expansion
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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?

The Mexican-American War, Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo & the Wilmot Proviso

4. 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.

President Fillmore and the Compromise of 1850

5. 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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