HUSH February 2012                                           

Theme II: Promoting the American Ideal

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.







    Manifest Destiny and the The Native American "Problem"


HW: Close reading of the The Dawes Act



Westward Expansion: Manifest Destiny or Justifiable Genocide?

Settling the West  Power Point

18th-19th Century :Indian Wars:  Research assigned War

Identify key  political and religious leaders for each side; how, when, where, and why the war started; result from both perspectives as well as casualty data and  justifications.

All of the above should be in the form of a detailed chart or annotated time line. You may reference this while you present but do not read off of the paper. Presentations can be no longer than 5 minutes so plan accordingly.  This does not mean that you will have minimum information but that you will present it thoroughly and precisely.

HW: Bring at least the key player information for Monday.

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 Presentation info due Wednesday. You must  have a works cited page and be sure to send your pp slide by tomorrow so I can put them all together for Wednesday.

 Note: You will be graded separately so clearly indicate who was responsible for what or turn in own work. 

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HW:  Indian Boarding Schools Activity

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Indian Education: 20th Century perspective: Read Sherman Alexie's  Indian Education and A Drug called Tradition

Seminar: What new insight is offered on 20th Century Native Americans and their point of view by the way Alexie tells his stories? You must make specific reference to story passages.


Essay Question:

Essay Prep:

Read Soul Wounds and identify the long term effects of Indian Boarding Schools. Promoting the American Ideal?

 Read  Resolution of  Apology  and review the following Acts/legislation:

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? Is there anything the US government can do to truly make amends? Think carefully on this...

NOTE: Will not be posting today's question for extra credit because your arguments were too limited in scope due to time constraint. Will be other opportunities in the future.

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Discuss Soul Wounds

View Smoke Signals

Begin Essay: Concession clause

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Finish Smoke Signals and join/post film response on

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