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8th Grade Social Studies: Westward Expansion  

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General Online Sources for Research

  • Research Preassessment
    Take this quick assessment of your current research skills. It's formative, but it will let us know what areas we need to target for learning.
  • Easybib
    Create bibliographies; get school code to take online notes
  • Library of Congress
    Great resources for primary sources: documents, maps, recording, prints & photographs, newspapers, etc.
  • Databases  
    Under the Home tab, use the white tiles to access databases
  • PBS The West
    The companion website the the West documentary we have been watching in class.
  • Westward Expansion Facts
    Indian Removal Act
    Klondike Gold Rush
    The Lewis And Clark Expedition
    War Of 1812
    Louisiana Purchase
    Monroe Doctrine
    Mexican American War
    Transcontinental Railroad
    Homestead Act
    Kansas-Nebraska Act
    California Gold Rush
    Pony Express
    Battle Of The Alamo
    The Sand Creek Massacre
    French And Indian War
    The Oregon Territory
    The Oregon Trail
    Manifest Destiny

Overview of the Westward Expansion


MackinVia eBooks on Westward Expansion

America between the Civil War and the 20th century, 1865 to 1900 by Wallenfeldt, Jeffrey H.
Explores American history during the Reconstruction and the years leading up to the dawn of the twentieth century. Discusses how the nation changed during these decades and details the major factors that contributed to the nation's expansion and socio-political evolution.

Exploring North American, 1800-1900 by Maurice Isserman

Traces the nineteenth-century exploration of western North America and the impact it had on the United States and Canada. Features information about the fur trade and John Jacob Astor; John C. Fremont's five expeditions in the California area; John Wesley Powell's expedition along the Colorado River and the Grand Canyon; and the Klondike gold rush and Alaska. Includes a chronology and timeline, a glossary, and sources of additional information. 

Events That Changed America in the Nineteenth Century by John E. Findling

Offers detailed description and expert analysis of the most important events in nineteenth-century America.

Manifest Destiny: Westward Expansion by Shane Mountjoy

Describes the movement of "Manifest Destiny" in the early 1800s when many U.S. citizens believed it was their right and their duty to settle the West. Discusses how this philosophy led the U.S. government to battle American Indians and Mexico, after which the nation expanded its border from the Atlantic to the Pacific.

U.S. Growth and Change in the 19th Century: 1801 - 1861 by Brian Howell

Students learn about the Louisiana Purchase and other historical events that changed the U.S. in the nineteenth century, including the Lewis and Clark expedition, the California gold rush, and the industrial revolution.  

Westward Expansion by Greg Roza

Details the United States' expansion into the West, highlighting the major events and developments that allowed America to gain new land and opportunities. Includes full-color illustrations, a glossary, and further reading sources.  

Science and Technology in Nineteenth-Century American by Todd Timmons

Demonstrates how science and technology played a central role in the growth of the United States during the 19th century; details about transportation, communications, life on the farm, work, around the home, health and medicine, exploring and mapping a new land


The Lewis and Clark Expedition

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