An Age of Expansionism
DUE: Friday, nOVEMBer 21, 2014
Assignment #1: Directions: Submit the following Sections 3 and 4 in note form on the above date. DO NOT PLAGIARIZE.
Movement to the Far West 336
Borderlands of the 1830’s
The Texas Revolution
The Republic of Texas
Trails of Trade and Settlement
The Mormon Trek
Manifest Destiny and the Mexican War 343
Tyler and Texas
The Triumph of Polk and Annexation
The Doctrine of Manifest Destiny
Polk and the Oregon Question
War with Mexico
Settlement of the Mexican-American War
Internal Expansion 350
The Triumph of the Railroad
Feature Essay: Hispanic America After 1848
The Industrial Revolution Takes Off
Mass Immigration Begins
The New Working Class
Assignment #2: Directions: Be familiar with the following Objectives the day we cover them.
1 Describe the conditions of the western "borderlands" of the 1830s as well as the factors attracting American settlers.
2 Explain the causes, events, and results of the Texas revolution.
3 Discuss the importance of the Santa Fe and Oregon Trails in expanding American trade and settlement.
4 Trace the development of the Mormon Church and the westward trek of its members.
5 Identify the candidates and issues and explain the outcome and consequences of the election of 1844.
6 Evaluate the successes and failures of James K. Polk's administration.
7 Discuss the rationale for expansion as expressed in the doctrine of manifest destiny.
8 Summarize the causes, events, and outcomes of the Mexican War, including the experiences of "Hispanic America."
9 Discuss the factors that contributed to American economic growth from 1830 to 1860.
10 Describe the changing composition and attitudes of the American working class during this era.
ASSIGNMENT #3: Familiarize yourself with the following selections, and be prepared to discuss them in class.
John L. O’Sullivan, "The Great Nation of Futurity" (1845)
The American people having derived their origin from many other nations, and the Declaration of National Independence being entirely based on the great principle of human equality, these facts demonstrate at once our disconnected position as regards any other nation; that we have, in reality, but little connection with the past history of any of them and still less with all antiquity, its glories, or its crimes. On the contrary, our national birth was the beginning of a new history, the formation and progress of an untried political system, which separates us from the past and connects us with the future only; and so far as regards the entire development of the natural rights of man, in moral, political, and national life, we may confidently assume that our country is destined to be the great nation of futurity.
It is so destined, because the principle upon which a nation is organized fixes its destiny, and that of equality is perfect, is universal. It presides in all the operations of the physical world, and it is also the conscious law of the soul-the self-evident dictate of morality, which accurately defines the duty of man to man, and consequently man's rights as man.
Besides, the truthful annals of any nation furnish abundant evidence that its happiness, its greatness, its duration, were always proportionate to the democratic equality in its system of government.
How many nations have had their decline and fall because the equal rights of the minority were trampled on by the despotism of the majority; or the interests of the many sacrificed to the aristocracy of the few; or the rights and interests of all given up to the monarchy of one? These three kinds of government have figured so frequently and so largely in the ages that have passed away that their history, through all time to come, can only furnish a resemblance.
Like causes produce like effects, and the true philosopher of history…