Topic #11 Overview Sheet
 

  Assignment #1
 

Sources:

 

Questions:

  1. Explain the philosophy of "Manifest Destiny."  What forces created this concept?
  2. How did the ideas of Manifest Destiny reflect certain racial attitudes prevalent in the country in the mid-19c?
  3. What were some of the arguments by those who did not embrace the idea of Manifest Destiny?
  4. Why did the Mexican government initially allow American colonization of Texas?
  5. Why did tensions increase between the American settlers in Texas and the Mexican government?
  6. Who were theTejanos?  What role did they play in the Texas War for Independence?
  7. What were some of the fears of those who opposed the admission of Texas into the Union?
  8. What other options afforded themselves to the new Texas Republic besides statehood?
  9. Besides new land for settlers, what other interests did Americans have for migrating to the Oregon Territory?
  10. What were the socio-economic characteristics of those Americans who migrated to the West in the 1840s-1850s?
  11. Why was the policy of Manifest Destiny closely associated with the Democratic party?
  12. Why did Clay and Van Buren wish to avoid taking a stand on the question of the annexation of Texas?  What effect did this have on their efforts to be nominated by their party?
  13. How did Van Buren's position on Texas help the candidacy of James K. Polk?  How did Polk's campaign catch the spirit of the time?
  14. What were the goals of President Polk?  How did he resolve the Oregon question?
 

Terms:

 
  Assignment #2
 

Sources:

  • textbook:  end of pg. 346 to top of pg. 355.  
  • Document Packet:  "Causes of the Mexican War." [BB]
 

Questions:

  1. What tensions emerged in the Southwest that threatened to lead the United States into war with Mexico?
  2. How did American interest in New Mexico and California develop?
  3. What were the origins of the Slidell Mission?  What was its goal?  What did it accomplish?  What was Polk's response to it?
  4. On what grounds did President Polk ask Congress to declare war on Mexico?
  5. What were some of the arguments made by critics of the U. S. entry into the Mexican War?
  6. What were the objectives of the American offensives in the Mexican War?  Why were the Americans ultimately victorious?
  7. List the terms of the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo.
  8. What was the Wilmot Proviso?  What arguments were advanced in its favor?  Why was the South against it?
  9. What part did the issue of slavery in the territories play in the election of 1848?
  10. Identify all of the ways in which the Gold Rush and the Chinese migration changed California in the late 1840s and early 1850s.
  11. What problems faced President Zachary Taylor when he took office?  How did he propose to solve them?  What action did Congress take?
  12. How did the South react to President Taylor's program?
  13. What were the proposals presented in Congress by Clay, Calhoun, and Webster?
  14. Identify the "younger" politicians who emerged after 1850.  How did they differ from the leaders they replaced?
  15. What was the Compromise of 1850?  How was it passed?
  16. How did the 1850 Compromise negate the Missouri Compromise of 1820?
 

Terms:

 
                
Quizzes:
  1. Textbook Quizzes -->  chapter 13
  2. My Quizzes -->  A    B    C

  3.  
Outlines / Lecture Notes / Review Sheets:
  1. APUSH Review Timeline (interactive)
  2. Giant AHAP Review Sheet by a student from the class of '04, Horace Greeley HS
  3. Lecture outline --> "Jacksonian America and Western Expansion" (Prof. David McGee, Central Virginia Community College)
  4. "Expansionism" - outline
  5. Timeline- 1801 to 1850
  6. Note Cards -->  501-550
  7. Presidential Election Data --> 1832     1836     1840     1844     1848
  8. Cram Sheets --> John Quincy Adams to Franklin Pierce

 


   
 

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