On Monday/Tuesday, we will be examining the geographical expansion of the nation as we see the United States complete it’s Manifest Destiny and expand from sea to shining sea. To prepare for our in depth look into this era of growth, check out the following materials, and jot down some notes on your BIG HUGE GROWING NATION MAP about each example of expansion – Did the United States gain the land in the right way? Should we celebrate or denounce the expansion? What does this expansion mean for the United States today?
TIME SUGGESTIONS – 20-25 minutes one night, 20-25 minutes the next night – and then come to class!
THE LOUISIANA PURCHASE from the History Channel – FOCUS QUESTIONS– Why did Jefferson get to buy Louisiana – and what were the benefits of the Purchase? (If you are interested, check out 8 Things You May Not Know About the Louisiana Purchase and Lewis & Clark Expedition.
FLORIDA from Annenberg Learning Center -FOCUS QUESTIONS- How did the US get Florida?
SETTLEMENT OF THE WEST (username usmstudent, password historyrules) and Oregon Country from Annenberg Learner –FOCUS QUESTIONS – What different groups migrated to the Oregon Country during the early 1800s? How did the United States gain the Oregon Country?
THE ALAMO (great video) from the History Channel and Texas Annexation from Annenberg Learner –FOCUS QUESTIONS – Why did many Americans move to Texas in the early 1800s, and what problem did they have with the Mexican government? What happened in the Texan Revolution, especially at the Alamo? What was controversial about the annexation of Texas?
THE MEXICAN WAR from the History Channel, The Mexican Cession from Annenberg Learner and The Mexican War from Crash Course (end around 7:00)-FOCUS QUESTIONS – What was controversial about the causes of the Mexican War? What was the result and impact of the Mexican War?
What ended Manifest Destiny? THE GADSDEN PURCHASE … my friend Jimmy Fallon spoke of it once …