Manifest Destiny and the Expansion of America (Google eBook)

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Rodney P. Carlisle, J. Geoffrey Golson
ABC-CLIO, Jan 1, 2007 - History - 238 pages
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This volume poses "what if" questions about ten crucial "tipping points" in the history of U.S. expansionism between 1800 and the Civil War. It not only describes what happened--in the case of Lewis and Clark, the War of 1812, the Monroe Doctrine, railroads and telegraphs, the Mexican War, the gold rush, the Compromise of 1850--it also offers alternative scenarios, essays on what "could" have happened.

In this exciting and imaginative approach to history, students not only develop analytical skills by tracing the causes and effects of crucial events; they are empowered by the knowledge that at moments when history hangs in the balance, many paths are possible, and that they, as citizens, can tip the scale.

  

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Contents

1 Lewis and Clark
1
2 The War of 1812
17
3 The Monroe Doctrine
41
4 Railroads and Telegraph
65
5 The Texas Revolution
85
6 The Mexican War
103
7 The California Gold Rush
121
8 The Compromise of 1850
139
9 The Republican Party
155
10 The LincolnDouglas Debates
175
Appendix Major Documents Related to Manifest Destiny
191
Chronology of Manifest Destiny 18001860
213
Resources
225
Index
231
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