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Western Expansion & Reform: 1829-1859 (Overview)
Many Americans of this time, embrace the notion of
enlarging the "empire for liberty." In other words they want to
expand the borders of America westward. While some pioneers head west to
California, others attempt to expand the idea of what "liberty"
in America means. Abolitionists oppose laws that keep African Americans
enslaved, and advocates of women's suffrage argue that wives, mothers and
daughters play a more significant role in society by voting, holding
office, and working outside the home.
What do you know about Western
Expansion & Reform (1829-1859)? Try this US History Made Easy
Quiz. "Check Your Answers" at the end of the page.
On March 4, 1829, who becomes the 7th President of the United States?
- Martin Van Buren
- John C. Calhoun
- Andrew Jackson
- Aaron Burr
2) In 1830, Congress passes the Indian Removal
Act, which authorizes the President to negotiate treaties that
exchange Indian tribal lands in the eastern states for lands west of the
3) Despite protests from the elected Cherokee
government and many white supporters, the Cherokees are forced to make the
long and cruel trek to the Indian Territory. Many died of disease and
privation in what becomes known as the "Trail of Tears". When is
4) In response to South Carolina's threat, the
President sends seven small naval vessels and a man-of-war to Charleston.
When is the force sent?
- November 1828
- November 1830
- November 1832
- November 1834
5) In the election campaign that follows, the bank
question causes a fundamental division between the merchant, manufacturing
and financial interests (generally creditors who favor tight money and
high interest rates), and the laboring and agrarian sectors, who are often
in debt to banks and therefore favor an increase money supply and lower
6) Americans enter a period of rapid social change
and experimentation. New social movements arise as well as many new
alternatives to traditional religious thought. What is the movement known
- First Heaven Conquest
- Second Great Awakening
- Rebirth of America
- Second Wave of Christ
7) The reform movement in education begins in
Massachusetts when they start the common school movement. They advocate a
statewide curriculum and institute financing of school through local
property taxes. Who is the leader of the common school movement?
- Horace Mann
- Ralph Moreland
- Calvin Bishop
- Rodney White
8) The social conscience that is raised in the early
1800s helps to elevate the awareness of mental illness and its treatment.
A leading advocate of reform for mental illness is a Massachusetts woman
who makes an intensive study of the conditions that the mentally ill are
kept in. Who is this leading advocate.
- Betty White
- Dorothea Dix
- Sharon Moore
- Susan Tate
9) Lucretia Mott and Elizabeth Cady Stanton brake
from the cult when they organize the Seneca Falls Convention to call for
women's rights. They call for a women�s rights convention in Seneca
Falls, New York. It is at this convention that Elizabeth Baumfree becomes
recognized as a leading spokesperson for both abolition and women�s
10) It is established to help slaves out of the
South through a series of trails and safe houses known as �stations.�
Known as �conductors�, escape slaves volunteer to return to the South
to lead others to safety. What is the organization known as?
- Morgan Hunters
- Midnight Riders
- Underground Railroad
- Wagon's North