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- The importance of the Oregon Trail
- The Texas annexation problem
- Foreign policy accomplishments of President Tyler
- Territorial gains under President Polk
- The controversy over the Mexican-American War
- Who won the presidential election in 1848
- Who discovered gold in California
- The history of the Mormons
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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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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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Other chapters within the Glencoe The American Journey: Online Textbook Help course
- The American Journey Chapter 1: The First Americans
- The American Journey Chapter 2: Exploring the Americas
- The American Journey Chapter 3: Colonial America
- The American Journey Chapter 4: Growth of the 13 Colonies
- The American Journey Chapter 5: The Spirit of Independence
- The American Journey Chapter 6: The American Revolution
- The American Journey Chapter 7: A More Perfect Union
- The American Journey Chapter 8: The Federalist Era
- The American Journey Chapter 9: The Jefferson Era
- The American Journey Chapter 10: Growth & Expansion
- The American Journey Chapter 11: The Jackson Era
- The American Journey Chapter 13: North & South
- The American Journey Chapter 14: The Age of Reform
- The American Journey Chapter 15: Toward Civil War
- The American Journey Chapter 16: The Civil War
- The American Journey Chapter 17: Reconstruction & the New South
- The American Journey Chapter 18: Opening the West
- The American Journey Chapter 19: The Industrial Age
- The American Journey Chapter 20: An Urban Society
- The American Journey Chapter 21: The Progressive Era
- The American Journey Chapter 22: Rise to World Power
- The American Journey Chapter 23: World War I
- The American Journey Chapter 24: The Jazz Age
- The American Journey Chapter 25: The Depression & the New Deal
- The American Journey Chapter 26: America & World War II
- The American Journey Chapter 27: The Cold War Era
- The American Journey Chapter 28: The Civil Rights Era
- The American Journey Chapter 29: The Vietnam Era
- The American Journey Chapter 30: America in the 1970s
- The American Journey Chapter 31: New Challenges