The Unfinished Nation: Chapter 13: The Impending Crisis
Chapter 13 Main
influence of Manifest Destiny on Americans during the period, and how it
shaped American policy in Texas,
and the Southwest.
many events concerning the expansion of slavery into the western
territories that deepened divisions between the North and the South and
led to the Civil War.
effect of the dispute over slavery in reshaping the American
political-party system, bringing an end to the Whigs and birthing the
A thorough study of Chapter 13 should enable the student to
concept of Manifest Destiny and its influence on the nation through the
1840s and beyond.
origin of the Republic of Texas
and the controversy concerning its annexation by the United
reasons why the United States declared war on Mexico, and how the Mexican
War was fought to a successful conclusion.
impact of the Wilmot Proviso on the sectional controversy.
methods used to enact the Compromise of 1850, and its reception by the
role of the major political parties in the widening sectional split.
part played by Stephen A. Douglas in the enactment of the Kansas-Nebraska
Act, and the effect of this act on his career and on the attitudes of the
people in all sections.
impact of the Dred Scott decision on sectional
attitudes and on the prestige of the Supreme Court.
reasons for Abraham Lincoln's victory in 1860, and the effect of his election
on the sectional crisis.
Dark Horse: A political candidate
who is not considered a front runner and whose victory would be surprising to
Tejanos: Mexican residents of Texas.
The 19th-century political and philosophical belief that it was America's
divinely assigned mission to expand westward (and to establish democratic and
Protestant ideals) across the North American continent.