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- Goals, successes and failures of the Reconstruction
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- The Homestead Act of 1862 and the Frontier Thesis
- Expansion of the Transcontinental Railroad
- Conflict with Native Americans and assimilation during the Gilded Age
1. Reconstruction Period: Goals, Success and Failures
Reconstruction of the South following the American Civil War lasted from 1865-1877 under three presidents. It wasn't welcomed by Southerners, and there were many problems throughout this process. But, was it successful?
2. The Reconstruction Amendments: The 13th, 14th and 15th Amendments
Between 1865 and 1870, during the historical era known as Reconstruction, the Thirteenth, Fourteenth and Fifteenth Amendments to the U.S. Constitution were ratified to establish political equality for all Americans. Together, they are known as the Reconstruction Amendments.
3. 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?
4. 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.
5. Native Americans: Conflict, Conquest and Assimilation During the Gilded Age
In the second half of the 19th century, the federal government attempted to control Native American nations. This led to violent conflicts known together as the Indian Wars. Learn about famous battles, and the attempt to 'civilize' tribes through various policies.
6. Arapaho Indian Tribe: History, Facts & Location
The Arapaho tribe has a rich and varied history in North America. Learn about the beliefs and experiences of the Arapaho people as Europeans continued to settle westward.
7. Bozeman Trail: History & Map
In this lesson, we explore the Bozeman Trail. A western route to the gold mines of the Montana Territory, the Bozeman Trail encroached on traditional Native American hunting grounds and was closed in 1868.
8. Buffalo Soldiers: History & Facts
African-Americans have fought in military conflicts since 1777. However, the Buffalo Soldiers, compromised of former slaves, freemen, and black Civil War soldiers, were the first to serve during peacetime.
9. Cherokee Removal: Timeline & History
Beginning in the 1820s, white expansionists required more land. The Cherokee Indians held a valuable piece of territory in Georgia. Learn how the federal government removed the Cherokee to make way for white expansion.
10. Chief Joseph the Elder of the Nez Perce: History & Facts
In this lesson we explore Chief Joseph the Elder. Born as Tuekakas, the mid-19th century Nez Perce chief originally promoted peace with the white American settlers.
11. Chief Joseph the Younger: Information & Surrender
In this lesson we explore Chief Joseph the Younger. A Nez Perce Native American chieftain in the mid-nineteenth century, Joseph the Younger became famous for leading his tribe for more than 1,000 miles while fleeing the U.S. army.
12. Chinook: Facts, History & Religion
The Chinook are a group of North American Indians from Washington and Oregon. Learn how the Columbia River and Pacific Ocean shaped their society, what ceremonies were important to them, and what happened when they met American explorers Lewis and Clark.
13. Compromise of 1877: Definition, Summary & Results
Political deals between parties have become commonplace in American politics. In 1877, one such political bargain resolved a disputed election, ended Reconstruction, and changed the fate of recently freed African Americans. Develop an understanding of the Compromise of 1877 and test your knowledge with a short quiz.
14. Conestoga Wagon: Facts & History
In this lesson we will learn about what the Conestoga wagon was. We will take a closer look at what the wagon was used for and how it was important here in the United States of America.
15. Elevators: Invention, Design, Parts & Types
Elevators have enabled us to build upward thousands of feet, revolutionizing floor plans and habitable spaces. In this lesson, learn about the invention of the elevator, the nuts and bolts of the design, and different elevator types.
16. Ghost Dance at Wounded Knee: Definition & Ceremony
Native American tribes often gather for large prayer ceremonies with dancing and feasts. In this lesson, we'll talk about the Ghost Dance, which was one of these prayer ceremonies, and its importance in the Wounded Knee Massacre.
17. Teddy Roosevelt's Rough Riders: Definition & San Juan Hill
The Rough Riders were a diverse group of volunteer cavalry soldiers who served during the Spanish-American War in 1898. The men were led by the tireless Teddy Roosevelt (1858-1919) and are best known for their overwhelming victory at San Juan Hill in Cuba.
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