Primary Source Spotlight: Western Expansion & Manifest Destiny

American Progress
This set of primary sources and teaching resources focuses, primarily, on the time period 1800-1860.

Western expansion stories from America’s Library

Western expansion timeline (includes primary source activities)

Primary source sets

Primary source collections

American migration timeline and maps (in English and Russian)

The right of Nebraska, 1854 (sheet music)

Key government documents related to territorial expansion & reform

Newspaper articles mentioning “manifest destiny” (1836-1860)


Indian Yell: The Heart of an American Insurgency (streaming webcast) 

Lesson plans

Related resources from the time period 1800-1860