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WESTWARD MOVEMENT AND THE 1850'S

LESSON 13 A
         WESTERN MOVEMENT
Why did people begin to move west during the 1830's and 1840's?  What were some of the differences between the Mexicans and the Texans?  What did Polk want out of the Mexican War?  Who were the Free-Soilers and why did they come about in 1848? Link the gold rush to the Compromise of 1850.
 
TERMS
Manifest Destiny
Stephen Austin
Texas   -   Lone Star Republic
California
Oregon
Santa Fe Trail
Mormons
Brigham Young
Alamo  -  San Jacinto
James Polk
Mexican Cession
Wilmot Proviso
Zachary Taylor
Winfield Scott
John C. Fremont
Henry David Thoreau
Gold Rush, 1849
Free-Soiler
Compromise of 1850
 
 
 
READING TO CONSIDER
 

1. Did Lincoln support the Mexican War?
2. What did he state as his reasons?
3. How did Lincoln vote concerning the war? (you may want to look up some more information for this)
 
 

LESSON 13 B
         1850'S
After the Compromise of 1850, the North and South continue to argue the question of slavery.  Each year there seems to be a new major event concerning the subject.  Make a time line of these slavery event and explain the significance of each event.
 
TERMS
Know-Nothings
Republicans
Stephen Douglas
Preston Brooks
Charles Sumner
Roger B. Taney
John Brown
Harpers Ferry
John Charles Fremont
Popular Sovereignty
Fugitive Slave Act
 
READINGS
Take a look at any of the Lincoln-Douglas Debates
 
-SOAP

AP EXAM QUESTIONS
2000 PART B
Question 3
Assess the morall arguements and political actions of those opposed to the wpread of slavery in the context of TWO of the following:
Missouri Compromise
Mexican War
Compromise of 1850
Kansas-Nebraska Act
2004 FORM A, PART B
Question 3
Analyze the effectiveness of political compromise in reducing sectional tensions in the period 1820 to 1861.
2005 FORM B, PART A
Question 1
In the early nineteenth century, Americans sought to resolve their political disputes through compromise, yet by 1860 this no longer seemed possible. analyze the reasons for this change.
(Use the documents at http://www.collegeboard.com/student/testing/ap/history_us/samp.html?ushist and your knowledge of the period 1820 to 1860 to answer the question.)
2005 FORM A, PART B
Question 3
To what extent did the debates about the Mexican War and its aftermath reflect the sectional interests of New Englanders, westerners, and southerners in the period from 1845 to 1855?
 

 
 
 
 
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