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Nation of Nations A Concise Narrative of the American Republic Book Cover Image
Nation of Nations: A Concise Narrative of the American Republic, 3/e
James West Davidson, Historian
William E. Gienapp, Harvard University
Christine Leigh Heyrman, University of Delaware
Mark H. Lytle, Bard College
Michael B. Stoff, University of Texas, Austin

Western Expansion and the Rise of the Slavery Issue (1820-1850)

Learning Objectives

When you have finished studying this chapter, you should be able to:

Describe the doctrine of Manifest Destiny and how it was used to justify American expansion.

Describe the situation in the Mexican borderlands before 1846 and the establishment of the Texas Republic.

Describe important features of the Overland Trail experience and of the different societies established in the Far West.

Discuss the political origins of the expansion movement, the outbreak of the Mexican War, and the territories added between 1845 and 1848.

Explain the rise of the issue of slavery expansion and its relationship to the Mexican War.

State the terms of the Compromise of 1850 and its significance.