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The West (contested territory) The West: An Internal Colony? o Spurs the economy of the nation Raw materials Gold and silver, mining, oil, coal, lumber, iron, zinc, copper, wheat, corn, cattle Markets for US goods o Provides site for new settlement Population-opportunity to go west, make a lot of money and return (gold mining) Individual vs. corporate opportunity-opportunities for businesses o Leads to confrontation with preexisting populations Frederick Jackson Turner and the Frontier Thesis (1893) o 1890 Census: Declares the Frontier closed o “Significance of the Frontier in American History” Declared the frontier essential to shaping American identity Across the Continent , 1868 Challenges to the Frontier Thesis o Expansion not just from East to West Move from West to East Move from South to (South) West Move from US South to West o Restrictions on citizenship and opportunity Native Americans Chinese immigrants Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882
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