2-5-13 Whither the West outline

2-5-13 Whither the West outline - Whither the West THE...

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Whither the West? THE AMERICAN WEST! Introduction: Recap: The United States as the “Fortinbras of the Twentieth Century” ( Hamlet reference) Capital (The Investment Money) and the West Railroads, Wall Street, J. P. Morgan Another puzzle: government-owned land where there should be family farms? - the 1880s and the 1890s - The west was crucially important to the economic development of the US - We can’t leave the west out The US wasn’t always the top economic power in the world - It wasn’t around till WW1 that the US had surpassed Great Britain After WW1, the US had shocked the European powers - They were like Fortinbras – suddenly came out of no where and said “나 Denmark 나 나나나! The main investors were British. - But people like J.P Morgan didn’t invest everything in the railroads they also invested in the areas/economic businesses that correlated with the railroad industry - Mining and ranching - Mining = ore, metals, coal - Ranching = meat
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Even fi this was happening in the west, this was the opposite of what was happening/wanting to happen in the west. - Big businesses may have been the main thing of the west BUT the American people wanted to believe that the west was being settled by family There is a clash between the economic reality and the political ideology The government-owned land did not give land to businesses or families - But they would use it to save it for natural resources - the pattern of federally owned lands acceeraltes in the 20 th century - The national forest in the east doesn’t start until the 1920/30s - The government wanted it to give it to family farmers.
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