Analyzing the West – Learning experience January 23/24


We will open our examination of America’s progress in the latter part of the 1800s by heading to the West.  We will analyze this part of America’s story using the five categories of historical thinking that we have discussed all year!  To begin, spend some time (20-30 minutes) with the resources below to begin classifying many of the events and ideas of “The West” on the handout provided in class.  Use the examples provided as a guide.  We will introduce the West in class on Tuesday/Wednesday and discuss various perspectives on the West (Through Their Eyes) on Thursday/Friday.

John Green will get us started with his Crash Course on Westward Expansion.

Then, read The West 1850-1900 and the subtopics of The Homestead Act, Era of the Cowboy, and Federal Policies and Native Americans, and The Age of Railroads. (usmstudent, historyrules)

You will have more time to take a look at some more info about the West in and after your next class. If you want to get started, take a look at … The Transcontinental Railroad, The Buffalo and Native Americans, American Buffalo, The Last of the Sioux, The Battle at Little Bighorn (sorry about all the commercials)


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