Ch 5: The Importance of Manifest Destiny

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You can learn about Manifest Destiny and its importance in American history by watching the video lessons included in this chapter. These lessons will teach you about major historical events and issues that impacted Manifest Destiny during this time period.

The Importance of Manifest Destiny - Chapter Summary

One of the most significant concepts in early American history--especially in relation to American territorial expansion--was known as Manifest Destiny. You can learn important topics relevant to Manifest Destiny and its impact on American history by watching the video lessons you can find included in this chapter.

Our lesson instructors will go over some of the most important political figures, major historical events and specific political issues from this time period so you can understand the causes and effects of Manifest Destiny. Each instructor has expertise in teaching these historical topics, and will go over all information clearly and comprehensively using an easy-to-use online format. Watch these videos in order to learn about topics such as:

  • Henry Clay
  • The Oregon Trail
  • The annexation of Texas
  • The Mexican-American War
  • The election of 1848
  • Westward expansion of the U.S. from 1820 to 1860

Once you complete all of the lessons, make sure to answer the questions found in the chapter's practice quizzes and final exam to see how much you can remember on these topics. You can also contact the instructors if you want more information on specific points from the lessons. Additionally, be sure to use your personal Dashboard to see how much you have learned as you complete the chapter.

6 Lessons in Chapter 5: The Importance of Manifest Destiny
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Henry Clay and the American System

1. 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.

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.

Manifest Destiny's Texas Annexation Problem

3. 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

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.

Election of 1848 and the California Gold Rush

5. 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.

Westward U.S. Expansion (1820-1860)

6. 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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