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Manifest Destiny. Essential Question: Was Westward Expansion and positive or negative experience for Americans? Why do people move? Is it good or bad to move? Objective: SWBAT use the concept of Manifest Destiny to explain the rationale of Federal policies towards the West.

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manifest destiny
Manifest Destiny
  • Essential Question: Was Westward Expansion and positive or negative experience for Americans?
    • Why do people move?
    • Is it good or bad to move?
  • Objective: SWBAT use the concept of Manifest Destiny to explain the rationale of Federal policies towards the West.
    • “Our manifest destiny [is] to overspread and posses the whole of the continent which Providence [God] has given us for the development of the great experiment of liberty and…self-government.”
        • John O’ Sullivan, United States Magazine and Democratic Review. 1845
warm up
Warm-up
  • What do you see in this picture?
  • What do you think it means?
american progress by john gast 1872

Lady Liberty

“American Progress” by John Gast, 1872

“Star of Empire”

Carries a schoolbook…

…and telegraph wire

Buffalo & Indians are driven into obscurity…

“The tools of progress”

…as settlers move westward

manifest destiny concept map
Manifest Destiny Concept Map
  • Rate your current knowledge of the phrase “Manifest Destiny.”
  • Listen to the word, repeat the word.
  • Definition:
    • Listen to the definition.
    • State a definition in your own words.
    • Share with a partner.
    • Record your definition on your paper.
  • Write an analogy for Manifest Destiny.
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Manifest Destiny
  • Definition - the belief that America’s destiny was to stretch across continent.
  • This suggested that expansion was not only good but inevitable.
  • Manifest Destiny became a gov’t policy under James K. Polk (11th president)
  • American expansionists – favored U.S. territorial growth – see Texas, New Mexico, and California as targets for American expansion
    • They believed that the west was unoccupied even though Native Americans and Mexican peoples lived there.
    • Rich in resources – water and old
    • Mexican government and economy weak after revolution and not worthy of the land that the USA “needs.”
manifest destiny reading
Manifest Destiny Reading
  • Before: Academic Vocabulary
  • During:
    • Mark your text as you read.
  • After:
    • Look at the Gast painting again.
    • Explain how the artist uses specific images to convince people to move west.
homework
Homework
  • Complete Manifest Destiny Reading activity.
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