Early Republic and Westward Expansion advanced student objectives summary

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Early Republic and Westward Expansion


SUMMARY: In this unit (chapters 7-11) students will explore the Early Republic and the westward expansion by Americans. Students will study the essential events of the Early Republic including the rise of political parties, the War of 1812 and Jacksonian democracy. Students will also analyze the impact of westward expansion (Louisiana Purchase, Mexican War, etc.) on the nation and on the peoples living in the West.

OBJECTIVES: By the end of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. Identify precedents set by presidents and the government of the Early Republic.

  2. Create campaign material for a presidential candidate that accurately represents that person’s political views and accomplishments.

  3. Analyze the importance of the Louisiana Purchase and describe the purpose of Lewis and Clark's expedition and the conditions of the journey.

  4. Analyze why the United States declared war on Britain in 1812 and the war’s importance.

  5. Explain how westward expansion effected the balance of power within the United States government.

  6. Provide examples of the improvements made in transportation under the American System and how these improvements affected daily life of Americans.

  7. Read and interpret primary sources about the U.S. government’s Indian removal policy.

  8. Analyze the effect of manifest destiny on western expansion and analyze the interactions between various cultures in the West.


  1. Why is the War of 1812 important?

  2. Do you think that the doctrine of nullification is constitutional? Why or why not? Be sure to explain the doctrine and support your answer with details.

  3. Why did Missouri’s application for admission to the Union spark a controversy?

  4. How did manifest destiny impact the peoples living in the West?

  5. Was the war with Mexico justified?


  • George Washington

  • precedent

  • Alexander Hamilton

  • John Adams

  • Federalists and Democratic-Republicans

  • Kentucky and Virginia Resolutions

  • nullification

  • states’ rights

  • Thomas Jefferson

  • Louisiana Purchase

  • Meriwether Lewis and William Clark

  • Corps of Discovery

  • Sacagawea

  • James Madison

  • War Hawks

  • War of 1812

  • Tecumseh

  • James Monroe

  • Henry Clay

  • John C. Calhoun

  • Missouri Compromise

  • John Quincy Adams

  • Andrew Jackson

  • Jacksonian Democracy

  • Indian Removal Act

  • Trail of Tears

  • Martin van Buren

  • Oregon Trail

  • William Henry Harrison

  • John Tyler

  • James K. Polk

  • manifest destiny

  • Mormon Trail

  • Mexican Cession

  • Zachary Taylor

  • Gadsden Purchase

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