Ch 9: Praxis Middle School Social Studies: Manifest Destiny

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Praxis Middle School Social Studies: Manifest Destiny - Chapter Summary

You'll find questions pertaining to the Manifest Destiny on the Praxis Middle School Social Studies exam. Review material or possibly learn new things about related topics by going through each video lesson. After doing so, you will know more about:

  • Henry Clay and the 1820 compromise
  • The Oregon Trail
  • Texas annexation problem
  • President John Tyler
  • The Election of 1848
  • The politics of President Franklin Pierce
  • Ranching in the American west
  • The California Gold Rush
  • The westward expansion across the U.S.

Completing our video lessons is the best way to quickly prepare for material on the exam. Paying attention isn't hard because each lesson isn't that long and has an interactive format. Take advantage of our lesson transcripts as well, which contain highlighted key events and historical people in American history. Staying organized throughout this chapter is simple thanks to our dashboard.

11 Lessons in Chapter 9: Praxis Middle School Social Studies: Manifest Destiny
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Henry Clay and the Missouri Compromise of 1820

1. Henry Clay and the Missouri Compromise of 1820

In 1819, Missouri applied for statehood, threatening to tip the balance of senatorial power in favor of the slave states. Find out how Henry Clay resolved the matter for the next 30 years.

Henry Clay and the American System

2. Henry Clay and the American System

Henry Clay's development of the American System represented the nationalist sentiment that swept the nation following the War of 1812. Learn about the economic system and its impact on the United States.

Henry Clay Compromise

3. Henry Clay Compromise

Understand the importance of Henry Clay in American politics during the nineteenth century, learn why Clay was known as the 'Great Compromiser,' and explore the compromises Clay crafted to keep northerners and southerners from drifting into war.

The Oregon Trail: Westward Migration to the Pacific Ocean

4. 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

5. 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

6. 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

7. 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

8. 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

9. 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 Franklin Pierce's Politics and Economics

10. President Franklin Pierce's Politics and Economics

In the wake of the Compromise of 1850, President Franklin Pierce pursued an aggressive agenda of expansion. In this lesson, find out why it inflamed sectional tensions, and why he wasn't re-nominated for a second term.

Westward U.S. Expansion (1820-1860)

11. Westward U.S. Expansion (1820-1860)

This lesson will explain America's 19th century expansion into the West. It will define the concept of Manifest Destiny and highlight the displacement of Native Americans.

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