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Moving West

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Randy Huberman

on 11 January 2012

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Transcript of Moving West

Moving West
after the
Civil War
Why would someone
want to move west?
Religious Freedom
Shelter for Outlaws
How did the government treat western
settlement just before the war versus
just after the war?
Before the war, the government
was not in favor of western
settlement. Why?
After the war, it was seen as a way
to solve a lot of America's problems
Pacific Railway Acts
of 1862 and 1864
175 million acres of land
to develop western railroads
and towns
Homestead Act of 1862
Designed by Abe Lincoln

Put into place after the War
Gave Western Settlers
160 Acres of land
1. 21 years Old

2. Be a Citizen
3. Improve the land
within 5 years
4. Live there 6 months
per year
By 1900 -
600,000 homesteaders
over 80 million acres
Last Homestead land......
1988-in Alaska!!!
By 1890, settlements existed about
every 10 miles on the prairie

There is a problem here right?
Cultural DIfference-
The view of land ownership
was not the same
So what is the Difference?
Whites vs. Natives?
Government solution........

Indian Reservations
Did this work?
Why or why not?
Some groups fought back
Sioux nation (Dakotas, Wyoming, Montana)
Not against settlements,
-against the railroad
Led by Chief Red Cloud
Things were calm until....
Gold is Found in the Black Hills
Lieutenant Colonel George Custer sent to investigate
Two other Sioux Chiefs were not
Crazy Horse
Sitting Bull
Custer Chases them to the
Little Big Horn River

Custer - 200 men
Sioux - 2000 men

Battle of Little Big Horn


Custer's Last Stand

Custer and his men all die
Crazy Horse is killed
Sitting Bull flees
to Canada
So many people wanted this land
There were actually races!

The people who raced
were called Boomers
Slavery and Sectionalism
Welcome to Class!
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