"There are two types of education. One should teach us how to make a living, and the other how to live..."

--John Adams

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Manifest Destiny!...You can't fight it, neither can I!!!

Manifest Destiny...Go West Young Man! Go West!
         Westward expansion was a dominating theme in the early 1800s.  Though the West and the frontier often represent opportunity or progress, this was not always the case.  Westward expansion was good for some, but not for all.  Here, we are looking at the following groups affected by westward expansion, and we will need to provide the pros and cons of westward expansion.  As you read about immigrants, the Mormons, Texans, Mexicans, Native Americans, slave owners, and political leaders think about how westward expansion affected these groups.  Analyze the maps see the change over time, and think about what might be the opportunities in the west…
1.  Why did people feel so compelled to move west?
2.  What might have been the feeling of the Native Americans as pioneers moved west?
3.  What do you think was the most difficult about moving westward?
4.  How did Texas impact the nation's desire to move westward?
5.  How do you think the United States population, trade, and exploration developed as the nation progressed westward?
6.  What do you think it was like to live on the frontier?
7.  How have stories and artwork romanticized westward expansion?
I would highly suggest you watch this video podcasts on Westward Expansion and Texas....Hint hint...