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- Impact of the Homestead Act of 1862 on westward expansion
- Effects of expanding the Transcontinental Railroad
- Causes of the Indian Wars between Native Americans and settlers
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1. Westward Expansion: The Homestead Act of 1862 & the Frontier Thesis
Between the mid-1800s and the turn of the 20th century, the American frontier opened and closed abruptly. What factors influenced this land rush, and how did it help shape American history?
2. Expanding the Transcontinental Railroad: History and Impact
After decades of wrangling, plans were finalized for construction of a transcontinental railroad during the Civil War. After completion in 1869, the railroad changed many aspects of American life, for better or worse.
3. The Indian Wars: Struggle Between Native Americans and Settlers
As America expanded into the West, whites often encroached on Indian land and resources. Many Native Americans defended their territory, leading to a series of conflicts known as the Indian Wars.
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Other chapters within the Prentice Hall America: History of our Nation: Online Textbook Help course
- Chapter 1: Roots of the American People (Prehistory-1500)
- Chapter 2: Europe Looks Outward (1000-1720)
- Chapter 3: Colonies Take Root (1587-1752)
- Chapter 4: Life in the Colonies (1650-1750)
- Chapter 5: The Road to Revolution (1745-1776)
- Chapter 6: The American Revolution (1776-1783)
- Chapter 7: Creating the Constitution (1776-1790)
- Chapter 8: Launching a New Nation (1789-1800)
- Chapter 9: The Era of Thomas Jefferson (1800-1815)
- Chapter 10: A Changing Nation (1815-1840)
- Chapter 11: North and South Take Different Paths (1800-1845)
- Chapter 12: An Age of Reform (1820-1860)
- Chapter 13: Westward Expansion (1820-1860)
- Chapter 14: The Nation Divided (1846-1861)
- Chapter 15: The Civil War (1861-1865)
- Chapter 16: Reconstruction and the New South (1863-1896)
- Chapter 18: Industry and Urban Growth (1865-1915)
- Chapter 19: Political Reform and the Progressive Era (1870-1920)
- Chapter 20: The United States Looks Overseas (1853-1915)
- Chapter 21: World War I (1914-1919)
- Chapter 22: The Roaring Twenties (1919-1929)
- Chapter 23: The Great Depression and the New Deal (1929-1941)
- Chapter 24: The World War II Era (1935-1945)
- Chapter 25: The United States in the Cold War (1945-1963)
- Chapter 26: The Civil Rights Era (1945-1975)
- Chapter 27: The Vietnam Era (1954-1976)
- Chapter 28: New Directions for a Nation (1977-2000)
- Chapter 29: Challenges for a New Century (1980-Present)