Homeseekers were drawn out to the midwest by posters and broadsides such as this one. People of all diverse backgrounds, religious beliefs, and cultural differences came to the western US.
Railroad companies and western promoters produced various types of advertising to boost travel to the west. Promoting economic success, community development, and agricultural business
Visualization of the west was grandious in publications to travelers and settlers. Pamplets, mailings, and brochures have been put together in museums as collections from the past.
Illustration riverboat and barge near a dock and town on the Kansas and Missouri Rivers. Rare engraving appeared in 1854 by Charles Anderson Dana. The landscape is quite luxurious being so close to the river’s edge.
Photo of a classroom in Emporia, KS at the Kansas State Teachers College. Students are dressed in formal clothing gathered in a circle while teachers are observing. Christmas time 1900.
Family home at Christmas time. Formally dressed children are gathered at the base of the tree admiring the toys received.
Advertisements for Nicodemus, KS encouraged African-American emigration. The settlement of the town ocurred during the Exoduster period after the Civil War in 1877
The power of a few people and a safe haven developed into a township devoted to African-Americans. W.H. Smith lived for 3 years in Solomon County, long enough to lay claim to the new bustling community.
Chinese emigrants gathered in the hold of the steamship “Alaska” enrout to the United States. Differences in language, clothing, cultures will determine how Americans will percieve them. Emigrants often become frustrated with freedoms and traditions of American citizens.
Questions that can be discussed about different groups that live in communites all over the western US.
Girl’s trip out! These ladies seem very happy to be together. It can be very likely that they are longtime friends or they might have just met and are posing for their first trip together. Traveling in a big group or as single person can have many starting points, but does the trip always turn out the way we want?
Then we come across the intolerance of immigrants that move to our communities. There can be many reasons for not wanting new citizens to a township. Conflict of interests in Economy, Government, Religion, and Education to name a few.
Personal notes, situations, and experiences can determine the answers to these questions.
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Development of Regional Identities By Angie Traylor Courtesy of Kanas Memory http ://www.kansasmemory.org/item/1412
Boosters developed and offered a range of cultural amenities. Courtesy of Kansas Memory http ://www.kansasmemory.org/item/11829
Today’s western developers promise the prospect of an escape from overcivilization. Courtesy of Kansas Memory http ://www.kansasmemory.org/item/677
Advertising of the past emphasizes frontiers of opportunity. Courtesy of Kansas Memory http ://www.kansasmemory.org/item/677
Turn of the century western living. Courtesy of Kansas Memory http ://www.kansasmemory.org/item/211996
Western lifestyles will take you back to luxury homesites. Courtesy of Kansas Memory http ://www.kansasmemory.org/item/211637
Frontier Processes…Western regional identity <ul><li>Midwest communities are built. </li></ul><ul><li>Melting pot of New England speads out. </li></ul><ul><li>New communities with specific identities are formed </li></ul>
Western movement involves the triumph over adversity. Courtesy of Kansas Memory http ://www.kansasmemory.org/item/702
Adjustment The power of primacy is the length of residency. Courtesy of Kansas Memory http ://www.kansasmemory.org/item/210499
Attachment… can they fit themselves into the cookie jar of the western United States. Courtesy of Denver Public Library Western History Geneology http ://photoswest.org/cgi-bin/imager?11003281+Z-3281
<ul><li>Questions: </li></ul><ul><li>Travelers or Emigrators? </li></ul><ul><li>Of the Place or From the place? </li></ul><ul><li>Citizens or Migrants? </li></ul><ul><li>Short timer or Long timer? </li></ul>
Publishers try to draw visitors out for one reason, while they may be coming out for other reasons. Courtesy of Denver Public Library Western History Geneology http ://photoswest.org/cgi-bin/imager?20004051+CHS-G511
Intolerance of immigrants Courtesy of Kansas Memory http ://www.kansasmemory.org/item/214406
<ul><li>Whose to say immigrants don’t have the same type of primacy to an area that a longtimer has? </li></ul><ul><li>Who should be the judge in a situation like this? </li></ul><ul><li>Why does it matter how long someone lives in a community compared to other people? </li></ul>
<ul><li>Information read and provided from chapter 6 of Promised Lands by David M. Wrobel. </li></ul><ul><li>Kansas Memory </li></ul><ul><li>Denver Public Library </li></ul>