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GENESEE ACADEMY SOCIAL SCIENCE

LESSON 16

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The railroads supply the means for mass movement of people and thus are the main reason for the closing of the west.  What did the railroads offer to the people of the west?  How did the railroads change the use of the west?
 
The idea of an open range was in direct conflict with the interests of the new homesteaders.  What were the goals of both groups?
 
Native Americans could not stop the flow of the movement of people.  Their way of life was greatly changed.  Discuss the role of gold, buffalo, and farm land in this change of life.
 
 
TERMS
 
Buffalo Bill
barbed wire
open range
transcontinental
Sooners
Henry Comstock
sodbuster
Chisholm Trail
George A. Custer
Little Big Horn
Sitting Bull
Ghost Dancing
Crazy Horse
Wyatt Earp
Dawes Act 1887
"Billy the Kid"
Chief Joseph
 
 

AP EXAM QUESTIONS
1999 PART B
Question 3
How were the lives of the Plains Indians in the second half of the nineteenth century affected by technological developments and government actions?
2006 FORM B, PART C
Question 4
For whom and to what extent was the American West a land of opportunity from 1865 to 1890?

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