Cowboys are seen as one of the most
recognized symbols of the west. Although we
think of shoot outs and battles with indians,
this idea is incorrect. Cowboys actually took
cattle from ranches up to the railroad.This
allowed the people in the west to receive cattle.
They faced many hardships. Usually not
including face offs with indians. Hollywood
has taken the cowboy and turned it in the
symbol it is today.
The transcontinental railroad was the first way
to travel across the country. It was
revolutionary, it allowed the expansion of the
west to increase in speed, because it made it
easier for homesteaders to move west much
easier, making this idea of moving westward
more attractive to people of the west.
Homesteaders were the people who moved
westward to receive land that was being given
away by the government. This act was issued
by the government called the “Homestead
Act” it was issued to begin the start of the
expansion of the west.
Women in the west, were some of the first
women to push for suffrage. Wyoming was the
first state to allow women to vote. This
movement attracted people because it seemed
the West had begun to stand for equal rights.
The populist party, was the party around
during the time of the expansion of the west.
They pushed for rights for farmers and helped
homesteaders receive the land they needed.
This party was another factor in the expansion
of the west.
Mining in the west was also a huge motivator,
for people to move westward. The gold rush
was an attraction, although tons of people
moved for gold, only very few made money.
What it is Today
Today, the west is one of the biggest Symbols
for the United States. The west itself
symbolizes the growth of the United States.
Mainly because of Hollywood. An uncountable number of movies have been made
about the west. This country is what is today
because of the West.