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1 Westward Expansion America’s “Manifest Destiny”

2 Do Now Why do people move? –List at least 5 reasons in your binder.

3 Push and Pull Why do people move? –There are both push factors and pull factors: Push factors = conditions that force people to leave a certain area Pull factors = conditions that draw people to a certain area

4 African American Migration After the Civil War, many African Americans moved: –to towns and cities –to the North –to the West What factors may have “pushed” African Americans to leave the South? What might factors may have “pulled” African Americans to the city? To the North? To the West?

5 “Expansion” can have many meanings: Expansion of territory (purchase of land, treaties, conquest). Expansion of settler population (through migration).

6 “Manifest Destiny” A phrase coined in the 1840s by an American journalist First used to justify American expansion into western territories. Later used to justify American economic and cultural domination around the world John L. O'Sullivan

7 Manifest Destiny Refers to the widely held belief that –The anglo-American way of life is better than any other (best type of government, economy, culture, etc.) –Therefore, the U.S. had both a right and a duty to spread out across the entire continent. –American expansion was inevitable, necessary, and had been ordained by God!

8 Manifest Destiny Although the phrase was new, the idea was not: –even as British colonists, settlers pushed farther and farther west. –thousands of colonists, for example, ignored the Proclamation of 1763, which forbid settlement of the Ohio River Valley. Famous frontiersman Daniel Boone Escorts settlers through the Cumberland Gap

9 The Argument Fulfilling this “destiny,” many argued, would benefit everyone involved: –American settlers would gain access to much needed land (U.S. population was growing very quickly at this time) –others would have the opportunity to learn the (superior) American way of life.

10 Underlying Assumptions Through farming and construction, it was believed that American settlers actually improved the land (made it more productive). Anyone who did not build permanent homes and who did not farm on a large scale were simply wasting the land.

11 Ethnocentrism the belief that your own group or culture is better or more important than others.

12 How does this painting explain the attitude of Americans in the mid-1800s? Spirit of the Frontier (American Progress), 1872 by John Gast

13 Events and Inventions that helped America fulfill its “Manifest Destiny” Northwest Ordinance – establishes a procedure for dividing land into territories and encourages settlement of the Ohio River Valley. Louisiana Purchase - doubles the size of the U.S.

14 Events and Inventions that helped America fulfill its “Manifest Destiny” Lewis and Clark Expedition – to gather information about plants, animals, and Native American tribes of the West (pg. 200)200 The Whitman family reaches the Oregon Territory – proves that wooden-wheeled wagons can travel the Oregon Trail; thousands of American pioneers would follow their lead (pgs. 283 and )283

15 Events and Inventions that helped America fulfill its “Manifest Destiny” John Deere Invents the Steel Plow – slices through heavy soil much more easily than existing plows. Texas Joins the Union – Mexican government is furious U.S. War with Mexico Begins

16 Events and Inventions that helped America fulfill its “Manifest Destiny” Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo – ends war with MexicoGuadalupe Hidalgo Gold is Discovered at Sutter’s Mill – migration to California skyrockets Railroads Open the West – the federal government begins making huge land grants to railroad companies.

17 Events and Inventions that helped America fulfill its “Manifest Destiny” President Lincoln signs the Homestead Act, the Pacific Railways Act, and the Morrill Act into law.Homestead ActPacific Railways Act Morrill Act Transcontinental Railroad Completed – Central Pacific and Union Pacific Railroads meet at Promontory Point, Utah.Promontory Point

18 Why might the information gathered by Lewis and Clarke be valuable to future settlers?

19 What were some of the obstacles settlers faced on western trails?

20 Trails West

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22 Promontory Point, Utah

23 Homestead Document Analysis

24 Do Now, 4/28/14 Use the Excerpt provided to answer Homestead Act Do Now question #1

25 Do Now, 4/28/14 According to section 2 of the Homestead Act, what did settlers have to DO before they could receive a patent (deed of ownership) for the land they were claiming? –Submit an application; –Pay a $10 application fee; –Live on the land for 5 years; –Cultivate (farm) a portion of the land (1/4 or less of the 160 acres); Document A

26 Do Now, 4/28/14 According to section 2 of the Homestead Act, what did settlers have to DO before they could receive a patent (deed of ownership) for the land they were claiming? –Swear in writing that they met all of the qualifications (head of household, citizenship, etc.) and that they were not claiming the property for someone else; –Make other “improvements” such as building a home, barn, etc.; –Provide proof: Two “credible” witnesses had to swear in writing that the applicant had met all of the requirements. Document B

27 Homestead Document Analysis Document A: The Application Document B: The Proof Submitted 1863 Submitted 1868

28 Settling the Great Plains Film Clip

29 Settling the Great Plains: Part A Directions: Read pages 420 – 423 and note how each of the factors listed below (Causes) helped to settle the West and turned the eastern Great Plains into the nation’s “breadbasket” (Effects). 1.Land grants given to railroads. 2.The Homestead Act and related laws passed in the 1870s. 3.Inventions and improvements in farm technology. 4.Morrill Act and Hatch Act.

30 Settling the Great Plains: Model Cause The Homestead Act and related laws passed in the 1870s Effect Homestead Act offered 160 acres of free land to anyone who would farm it for 5 years; similar acts offering cheap (or free) land in states such as Kansas and Oklahoma were later passed.

31 Settling the Great Plains: Part A Cause Land Grants given to the railroads. The Homestead Act and related laws passed in the 1870s Effect Railroad companies sold frontier land to farmers at low prices; recruited Europeans to buy and farm frontier land. Homestead Act offered 160 acres of free land to anyone who would farm it for 5 years; similar acts offering cheap (or free) land in states such as Kansas and Oklahoma were later passed.

32 Settling the Great Plains: Part A Cause Inventions and improvements in farm technology Effect Increased farm productivity by decreasing the amount of effort and time required to produce farm goods; led to profitable industry – manufacturers of farm equipment multiply

33 Settling the Great Plains: Part A Cause Morrill Act and Hatch Act Effect Supported farmers by financing agricultural education and research in farm technology and methodology

34 Exit Slip Explain at least two ways in which the government encouraged the settlement of the Great Plains.

35 Themes in History Human-Environment Interaction: –Throughout history, humans have changed and have been changed by their environment. As you learn about our continuous interaction with the environment, keep these questions in mind: How do humans adjust to the climate and terrain where they live? What positive and negative changes have people made to their environment?

36 Human-Environment Interaction on the Plains Use information from your completed “Settling the Great Plains” chart and guided reading questions to respond to the following: –How did settlers adjust to the climate and terrain of the Great Plains? –What positive and negative changes did settlers make to the environment of the Great Plains?


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