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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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