American History; Expanding the Nation


Expanding the Nation

Learning Objectives Upon completion of this unit, students should be able to:

1. Explain the economic situation of the new country and its inhabitants and note the factors that influenced the economy during this era.

2. Outline the beliefs and policies of Jefferson and note the impact these had on the nation at large.

3. Identify key issues within Jefferson’s term of office and note the resolution and impact of these issues.

4. Identify the Louisiana Purchase and describe its impact on early America.

5. List the causes of the War of 1812, outline its progression, and identify both the economic and political consequences of the war.

6. Define the “Era of Good Feelings,” why it happened, and how it ended. 7. Address both the causes and the effects of western migration. 8. Discuss the evolving southern society and identify points such as the

economy, its dependence on slave labor, and the impact the slave system had on all elements of southern society.

9. Outline the development of the slave community and elements that existed within that community and thus the lives of slaves.

10. Note the various means slaves employed to resist the institution of slavery, and assess the impact of growing Northern abolitionist views on the “slave society” of the South.



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