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Learning Resource Type

Classroom Resource

History of Mormons in America

Subject Area

Social Studies




This is a collection of photographs depicting images from the early Mormon culture and their influence on the westward expansion. Be sure to click "Read More" at the top of the collection to view an activity that can be used with this collection.

    Social Studies (2010) Grade(s): 5


    Describe social and economic influences on United States’ expansion prior to World War I.

    Unpacked Content



    • social influences
    • economic influences
    • expansion
    • transcontinental railroads
    • Manifest Destiny
    • geographic features
    • acquired
    • Westward Expansion
    • ranchers
    • Mormons
    • Hispanics
    • frontier
    • emergence


    Students know:
    • Social and economic influences on United States' expansion prior to World War I.
    • How the development of transcontinental railroads contributed to the expansion of the United States and related to the concept of Manifest Destiny.
    • Details related to how the United States acquired Alaska and Hawaii.
    • Major groups and individuals involved with the Westward Expansion, including farmers, ranchers, Jewish merchants, Mormons, and Hispanics.
    • The impact of closing the frontier on American Indians' way of life.
    • The Spanish-American War led to the emergence of the United States as a world power.


    Students are able to:
    • Locate states and capitals on a physical and political map.
    • Describe and explain social and economic influences on the United States expansion.
    • Explain and evaluate the concept of Manifest Destiny.
    • Describe and explain how the development of the transcontinental railroads helped the United States achieve its Manifest Destiny.
    • Identify and analyze the impact of Manifest Destiny on a variety of cultural groups.
    • Explain and analyze how the Spanish-American War led to the United States becoming a world power.


    Students understand that:
    • There were social, political, and economic influences on United States prior to World War I.
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    Informational Material

    Resource Provider

    Smithsonian Learning Lab

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