Ch 8: WEST History: Manifest Destiny

About This Chapter

The short and easy-to-follow video lessons, quizzes and transcripts in this Manifest Destiny chapter will help you practice for questions you will find on the WEST History test. By reviewing this material, you will be in a better position to achieve a passing score and gain or refresh your teaching endorsement for history.

WEST History: Manifest Destiny - Chapter Summary

In this chapter, you will review the significant events of the westward expansion of the United States, including the growing sectionalist movement in the nation and how it affected the new territories, as you prepare for the WEST History exam. The chapter also reviews the discovery of gold in California and the Texas annexation problem. Upon completion, you will be prepared for questions concerning:

  • The route of the Oregon Trail
  • Sectionalism and its impact on Polk's presidency
  • The events leading to the Mexican-American War
  • The accomplishments of Presidents Tyler and Polk
  • The California Gold Rush

The short, engaging video lessons are taught by content experts. So that you can review more effectively, there are also self-assessment quizzes and lesson transcripts with each video lesson, and you can access or revisit major points in the lessons without having to replay the entire lesson by using the embedded video tags.

WEST History: Manifest Destiny Chapter Objectives

The Manifest Destiny chapter of our WEST History exam prep course prepares you for questions on Manifest Destiny and the pre-Civil War years that are found within the U.S. history section of the WEST History exam; this domain area accounts for 36% of the test. The questions on this computer-based exam are all multiple choice. You will be given a short paragraph to read and a list of possible answers, from which you must select the one that best answers the question. After watching the entertaining videos in this section, use the corresponding quizzes to practice answering the types of questions that you can expect to see on test day.

6 Lessons in Chapter 8: WEST History: Manifest Destiny
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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?

President James K. Polk's Accomplishments in the Lower 48 States

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.

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.

Election of 1848 and the California Gold Rush

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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