Social Studies Standards
Michigan Social Studies Standards as of June 2019.
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Westward Expansion – analyze the annexation of the west through the Louisiana Purchase, the removal of Indigenous Peoples from their ancestral homelands, the Mexican-American War, the growth of a system of commercial agriculture, and the idea of Manifest Destiny.
Explain the origins of the American education system.
Describe the formation and development of the abolitionist movement by considering the roles of key abolitionist leaders and the response of southerners and northerners to the abolitionist movement.
Analyze the antebellum women’s rights (and suffrage) movement by discussing the goals of its leaders and comparing primary source documents from this era to the Declaration of Independence.
Analyze the goals and effects of the antebellum temperance movement.
Investigate the role of religion in shaping antebellum reform movements.
Compare the differences in the lives of free black people (including those who escaped from slavery) with the lives of free white people and enslaved people.
Describe the impact of the Northwest Ordinance on the expansion of slavery.
Describe the competing views of John C. Calhoun, Daniel Webster, and Henry Clay on the nature of the union among the states.