US February 2012                                           

Theme II: Promoting the American Ideal

Sitting Bull learns to fly.

Westward Expansion: Manifest Destiny or Justifiable Genocide?

By 1850, nearly 4,000,000 Americans had moved to western territories. The U.S. Homestead Act of 1862 lured even more farmers, ranchers, and minors westward, while the Transcontinental Railroad Act opened the West to trade. As the number of railroads increased, the once plentiful bison population diminished. So, too, did the ability of Plains Indians to survive on their ancestral lands. Clashes between Native Americans and U.S. troops became known as the Indian wars. The U.S. government entered into hundreds of treaties with Native Americans, yet peace was elusive. The struggle over land resulted in the relocation of the Plains Indians to reservations, where they faced an entirely new way of life.

 

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Manifest Destiny and the The Native American "Problem"

 

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Westward Expansion: Manifest Destiny or Justifiable Genocide?

Settling the West  Power Point

Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee

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Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee

HW: Post Viewing Questions I - Hard copy available in class

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Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee

We will do the questions in class - no homework.

 

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Finish Film

 

HW: Film questions

 

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Film debrief

Indian Boarding Schools

 

 

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Discuss Indian Boarding Schools

 Read  Resolution of  Apology  and Shannon Francis' response to the resolution

We will review the following Acts/legislation:

And determine: How have things changed? Stayed the same? Given the outcome of each of the above Acts, are you surprised by Shannon Francis' response to the resolution?

 

 

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Assessment:

Indian legislation (Northwest Ordinance-Dawes act), Indian Wars and Boarding Schools.

 

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