History and culture of the United States
Manifest Destiny

rev. 2007-06-08

Romanticism. Utopian experiments. Reform movements. Abolitionism. Westward expansion. Mexican War. Sectional conflict.

Study guide

Transcendentalists: Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau

Brook Farm (1841), New Harmony (1825), Oneida Community (1848), Shakerism (1774)


Reform movements: temperance, public education, penitentiaries and asylums, Indian reservations

Feminism, Seneca Falls Declaration, Quakers

Abolitionism: American Colonization Society (1817), Liberia, William Lloyd Garrison, American Antislavery Society (1833), Frederick Douglass, moral suasion, underground railroad, personal liberty laws, Liberty party (1840), free soil, John Brown

Manifest Destiny

Texas Revolution, joint occupation of Oregon, annexation of Texas (1845), Oregon Trail, compromise over Oregon (1846)

New Mexico and California: Mexican War (1845-1846), Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo

Wilmot Proviso (1846), popular sovereignty, Free-Soil party (1846), gold rush (1848), compromise of 1850, Stephen A. Douglas, Ostend Manifesto (1854), Gadsen Purchase (1853), Kansas-Nebraska Act (1854), Republican party (1854), Bleeding Kansas (1856), Charles Sumner, Dred Scott decision (1857), Lecompton constitution (1857), Freeport Doctrine (1858), John Brown

Essay questions

Please pay special attention to the following topics: