Ch 7: U.S. Expansion & Reform (1801-1861)

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If you need to study U.S. expansion and reform from the early to mid-1800s, this chapter is for you. Use any Internet-connected device to improve your understanding of this era for essays, exams, homework assignments or fun.

U.S. Expansion & Reform (1801-1861) - Chapter Summary

From 1801 through 1861, the United States underwent a period of expansion and reform. Work through this collection of simple and engaging history lessons to review important events from the time period, such as the War of 1812, the Mexican-American War and several reform movements. By the end of the chapter, you should be able to:

  • Name the candidates that ran during the presidential election of 1800
  • Recognize the causes and effects of the War of 1812
  • Analyze the impact of the westward U.S. expansion from 1820-1860
  • Identify significant 19th-century reform movements
  • Discuss the results of the Mexican-American War
  • Summarize the Wilmot Proviso and the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo

When you're finished with a lesson, try the accompanying self-assessment quiz to retain the information. The chapter concludes with a comprehensive multiple-choice exam, and if you have any questions about the material, don't hesitate to reach out to our history experts. Finally, the chapter's online format allows you to study these historical topics at any time that fits your schedule.

5 Lessons in Chapter 7: U.S. Expansion & Reform (1801-1861)
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Presidential Election of 1800: Candidates, Summary & Significance

1. Presidential Election of 1800: Candidates, Summary & Significance

In this lesson, you'll learn about the candidates who ran for president in 1800, the issues that divided them, the historical significance of the election, and why this election was termed the 'Revolution of 1800.'

War of 1812: Causes & Effects

2. War of 1812: Causes & Effects

In this lesson, you'll examine the events that led to the War of 1812, as well as the effects that the war had on a young American nation. Then, you'll be able to test your understanding with a short quiz.

Westward U.S. Expansion (1820-1860)

3. 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.

Reform Movements of the 19th Century

4. 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.

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.

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