The United States of America: Gold Rush and Western Expansion

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This playlist contains 41 short videos(less than 5 minutes) all about U.S. History. These videos start with the colonization of the Americas and end with the 19th amendment. Teachers can use these videos to support their lesson plans and engage students. Course Hero also provides free resources like study guides and infographics at the link below. These videos each cover specific topics and concepts learned in U.S. History classes. The playlist is an excellent resource for students to review or study for a test or final.
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Learn all about the California Gold Rush and westward expansion in just a few minutes! Professor Christopher E. Manning of Loyola University of Chicago details the effects of the gold and silver rush on the American West, the Transcontinental Railroad and the settlement of the West, the effects of settlement on Native American Tribes, the Plains Wars, the Reservation system and Dawes Act, and the Wounded Knee Massacre.

This video is part of a condensed United States History series presented in short, digestible summaries.

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Course Hero's U.S. History video series covers the essentials to understanding the history and development of the United States. Our short digest covers everything you need to know about first contact between indigenous peoples and Europeans, colonial development, the founding of the U.S. and the development of its political, economic, social, and religious institutions.

The video series begins with an examination of the European age of discovery and the development of European colonies in the western hemisphere. In this discussion of the colonization of America, we explore interactions between indigenous peoples and Europeans, and the development of colonial government and social structures.

Who founded America? Not an easy question to answer, so we cover a number of valuable perspectives on this question. Along the way, you'll learn about:
• Pre-history, including Vikings and Native Americans
• Early European discovery and conquest in the Western Hemisphere
• Establishment of Spanish colonies in central and western North America
• The development of British southern, northeastern, and middle colonies
• Early conflicts and colonial actions in Central and North America
• The development and growth of slavery in the Americas

Then the series provides a deeper understanding of our Founding Fathers and the founding of the United States of America, including:
• Colonial grievances against the British parliament and King George III, and the Declaration of Independence
• The Committees of Correspondence, the Continental Congress, and the Constitutional Convention
• Debates about and how America should be governed, including an examination of the Articles of Confederation and the U.S. Constitution
• Debates and discussions regarding economic goals, including the establishment of the American System and expansionist policies such as the Monroe Doctrine
• Federalist and Anti-Federalist political parties
• Leaders like Alexander Hamilton, John Adams, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and others

The series examines war and U.S. armed conflicts throughout the 19th and early 20th century, including:
• Conflicts in the age of Jackson, including the Trail of Tears, the Plains Wars, the establishment of Native American Reservations, and the Dawes Act
• Manifest Destiny, the annexation of Texas, the Mexican-American War, and the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo
• The rise of sectionalism, the abolitionist movement, and the American Civil War
• The Anaconda Plan, Bull Run, Gettysburg Address, General Robert E. Lee and General Ulysses S. Grant
• American imperialism, the Spanish-American War, conflicts in the Philippines, big stick diplomacy and dollar diplomacy

Finally, the U.S. crash course includes a primer on social justice movements and religious life in the U.S., including:
• The Second Great Awakening
• The abolitionist movement and the Civil War Amendments to the U.S. Constitution
• Social reforms and regulations of the Progressive Era, including the impact of muckrakers, food and safety inspection laws, settlement houses, and prohibition of alcohol
• Trust busting and the Standard Oil Company with John D. Rockefeller
• The women‘s suffrage movement and the 19th Amendment, including famous suffragettes like Judith Sargent Murray, Susan B. Anthony, Lucy Stone

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