Unit 8 Manifest Destiny

  • Unit 8 Manifest Destiny
    Unit 8 Manifest Destiny Essay 





    Unit 8 - Was it Destiny to Move West?

    A New York State Social Studies Inquiry Unit

    A copy of all of the Supporting Question Booklets handed out in class may be found under Related Files, at the bottom of the page.

    Supporting Question #1: What economic, geographic, and social factors influenced westward expansion?


    Source A: Reading and Guiding Questions – “Mapping the West: The Journey of Lewis and Clark” by Michael Smith.  Read the article distributed in class and answer the accompanying questions. Submit your answers for evaluation. 


    Source B: Protest Song - 1836 Lyrics Sung by Protesting Workers at Lowell.  Read the historical context and the lyrics distributed in class and answer the accompanying questions. Submit your answers for evaluation.


    Source C: American Population Density Maps – 1820 and 1860 and Table (only on handout).  Examine the population density maps below and answer the accompanying questions. Submit your answers for evaluation.

    Key

    Red = 90 or more people per square mile,  Yellow = 18 - 89 people per square mile,   Purple =  2 - 17 people per square mile,   Green = fewer than 2 people per square mile

     


    Source D: John O’Sullivan, magazine article about westward expansion, “The Great Nation of Futurity” (excerpts), The United States Democratic Review, 1839. Read the article and answer the accompanying questions. Submit your answers for evaluation.


    Source EMap of United States territorial acquisitions from 1783 to the present. Read the article and answer the accompanying questions.

     


    Source FThe Account of David Campbell in 1846. Read Campbell’s written account and answer the accompanying questions.


    Source GJames K. Polk “Fourth Annual Message” Speech December 5, 1848 that announced the discovery of gold in California. Read the speech and answer the accompanying questions.


    Source HHomestead Act of 1862. Read the act and answer the accompanying questions.




    Supporting Question #2: What new technologies influenced westward expansion?

     


    Source A: Reading and Questions – “Digging Clinton’s Ditch: The Impact of the Erie Canal on America, 1807-1860.” Read the article and answer the accompanying questions.


    Source B: Chart – Travel During the Erie Canal Era.  Examine the chart and answer the accompanying questions.


    Source C: Image Bank: Various Forms of Transportation Mid-19th Century. Read the historical context, examine the various images, and answer the accompanying questions.

        


    Source DHistoric Marker. Examine the images and answer the accompanying questions.


    Source EMaps of Rates of Travel from New York City in 1800, 1830 and 1857. Examine the map and answer the accompanying questions.

     


    Supporting Question #3: What conflicts arose from westward expansion?    

    Source A: Timeline of European and American Conflicts with Native Americans – 1715-1842

                Use the timeline to answer the accompanying question. 


    Source B: Speech – Andrew Jackson Defends Indian Removal – Andrew Jackson 1830

                Read his speech and answer the accompanying questions. 


    Source C: Article – A Brief History of the Mexican-American War

                Read the article and answer the accompanying questions.


    Source D: Essay – “A Controversial War” Ramon Alcaraz 1850

                Read the essay and answer the accompanying questions.


    Source EMap of the Mexican Cession

    Examine the map and answer the accompanying question. 






    Related Files

      pdf Unit 8 Inquiry Booklet #1 (pdf file - 2.43 MB)

      pdf Unit 8 Inquiry Booklet #2 (pdf file - 6.14 MB)

      pdf Unit 8 Inquiry Booklet #3 (pdf file - 2.06 MB)

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