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Westward Expansion Guide

A review of what we have learned throughout our Westward Expansion Unit!

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Westward Expansion Guide

  1. 1. AMERICA CHANGING: WESTWARD EXPANSION 5th Grade – American History
  2. 2. TO CROSS THE COUNTRY…  What affected the settlement of the west?  Physical Obstacles:  Mountains  Plains (“The Great American Desert”)  Weather Conditions  Rivers
  3. 3. THE TRANSCONTINENTAL RAILROAD  How did the railroad affect Americans?  It Became Faster, Easier, and Cheaper to Travel Across the US  Farmers Could Now Trade in More Markets  How did the railroad affect the environment?  Cities Created→ Factories Built → Air and Water Pollution
  4. 4. HOMESTEADING – WHAT A DEAL!  Some Technology to Help…
  5. 5. WITH THE HELP OF IMMIGRANTS…  How did immigrants impact westward expansion?  Transcontinental Railroad  Chinese Helped Build the Central Pacific  They Faced Discrimination Because of Their Culture  Paid Less Money  Treated Poorly
  6. 6. WITH THE HELP OF IMMIGRANTS…  How did immigrants impact westward expansion?  Life on the Plains  European Immigrants Settled on the Great Plains  They Brought New Techniques for Farming and New Seed Varieties  Many Would Settle with Others from the Same Country and Help One Another
  7. 7. MEANWHILE, THOSE MINERS…  What was up with miners?  While looking for gold, there was A LOT of competition… Everyone wanted to strike it rich! Because of this, mining companies and miners would get into conflict over who claimed the richest gold sites.
  8. 8. NATIVE AMERICANS AND WESTWARD EXPANSION  How did Westward Expansion affect Native Americans?  Forced to Leave Their Homelands  Moved on to Reservations – a US Government Decision  Many of The Farms on the Reservations Failed Because This New Way of Life was Against Their Beliefs and Traditions  European Immigrants Settled on the Great Plains  They Brought New Techniques for Farming and New Seed Varieties
  9. 9. NATIVE AMERICANS AND WESTWARD EXPANSION  How did Westward Expansion affect Native Americans?  Native American Children and Schools  Many Reformers (people who worked to change laws) Wanted Native American Children to Learn to be Like White Children
  10. 10.  This is the Battle of Little Bighorn, or “Custer’s Last Stand.”  This was the last major victory for Native Americans in the Plains Wars.  After this battle, people feared what Native Americans could do, which allowed the government to enforce strict laws on the Native Americans.
  11. 11.  The bison (buffalo) were a problem for the railroad, so they hired riflemen to kill them so the trains and the tracks wouldn’t be slowed down or destroyed.
  12. 12. CRITICAL THINKING QUESTIONS 1. Do you think the actions taken against the Native Americans by our government during Westward Expansion was appropriate? 2. Do you think the Asian immigrants who worked to complete the transcontinental railroad were treated fairly by the railroad companies and the United States government?
  13. 13. CRITICAL THINKING QUESTIONS 3. Using a map, can you identify three of the different obstacles that pioneers faced as they traveled West and explain why they were an obstacle?

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