Topic: Expansion

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Jefferson and Expansion: Scaffolding Student Understanding of Cause and Effect

This lesson focuses on the following prompt: “Analyze the causes of and the resulting issues from the Louisiana Purchase. Concentrate your answer between the years 1790-1820.” The lesson...
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Lewis and Clark: Explorers or Conquerors?

When Jefferson purchased the Louisiana territory from France, he commissioned Lewis and Clark to explore the new territory. What was the purpose behind this mission? Were they sent...
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A Map of North America

This map of North America was drawn not long before the Louisiana Purchase. The United States is shown here in green, with the Mississippi River as its western...
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A View of New Orleans

This painting celebrated U.S. acquisition of New Orleans as part of the Louisiana Purchase of 1803. Access to the port of New Orleans encouraged westward expansion because farmers...
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Brutus, No. 1

The Anti-Federalist Robert Yates of New York wrote this essay under the penname “Brutus” in 1787. Like other opponents of the proposed U.S. constitution, “Brutus” accepted the conventional...
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Clark’s Map

William Clark, who explored the West with Meriwether Lewis, made this map in 1810. The Great Lakes appear in the upper right corner; the Pacific Ocean is on...
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Conference Committee Report on the Missouri Compromise

This report from a committee representing both houses of Congress paved the way for the Missouri Compromise of 1820. Missouri became a slave state and Maine became a...
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Confidential Letter to Congress

In this letter to Congress, President Jefferson explained his plan to use trade as a weapon in his effort to put more white farmers on Indian land. Jefferson...
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Course of the River Mississippi

An English lieutenant made this map after 1763, when Great Britain acquired the Illinois territory as a result of winning the French and Indian War. Lieutenant Ross conducted...
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Crisis No. 1 or Thoughts on Slavery

In this early anti-slavery pamphlet, William Hillhouse of Connecticut strongly opposed the expansion of slavery into the western territories. The controversy over slavery in Congress in 1820 resulted...