The young republic of the United States grew dramatically from the inception of the Constitution until the middle of the 19th century. The nation doubled in size, expanding all the way to the West Coast. The presence of the country grew in foreign policy, as the US fought another war with England and staked its claim as the influential leader of the western hemisphere. The position of the presidency grew with the administration of Andrew Jackson, while a new economic revolution emerged in the nation. The push for reform started to increase, as many Americans sought to improve their country - especially in the first women's rights movement.

Can you utilize the many skills of young historians and analyze some nonfiction text in order to unlock the essential information of the growing nation? Codes, ciphers, and clues are hidden all throughout your investigation. While everyone should be able to understand the five elements of "Thinking Like a Historian", only the finest young historians will be able to claim their place on the Growing Nation Wall of Fame. Will you be one of them? Let's find out.