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HIST157Lec091508 - Go West The development of the American...

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Go West The development of the American West was linked to the story we’ve examined in class and visa versa. I. Why are you… A. In the class? i. They are linked to the presence, authority and power of UMD. And to the society that ranks education. The West society had to deal with big institutions. II. Icons A. Pictures: Cowboys, rangers, Indians, aggression, violence B. Hardships, family oriented movings, wagons C. Lewis & Clark – sponsored by the army corps. III. Why West? A. Desire, need, opportunity i. Free single men and families, enslaved blacks (intl slaves trade ends in 1808) ii. Mining and agriculture (Missouri, Mississippi, and Ohio river valleys, California, Oregon) iii. Early towns become commercial outpost, which in turn make agricultural products from region more marketable 1. investors and traders first: speculative investment predates manufacturing industry iv. by mid-century(and accelerated by Civil War) RR expansion rapidly integrates towns and their regional economies into national markets
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This note was uploaded on 09/27/2008 for the course HIST 157 taught by Professor Smead during the Fall '07 term at Maryland.

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HIST157Lec091508 - Go West The development of the American...

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