Ch 33: Settlement of the Trans-Mississippi West

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This chapter on the settlement of the Trans-Mississippi West is designed to help you with homework or test preparation. You can quickly improve your understanding of the Homestead Act of 1862, farming in the American West, and more with these condensed but information-packed lessons.

Settlement of the Trans-Mississippi West - Chapter Summary

By going through these lessons on the settlement of the Trans-Mississippi West, you can verify your understanding of the American frontier between the mid-1800s and early 1900s. You can also improve your knowledge of what happened after the Homestead Act of 1862 passed. Upon completion of the chapter, you should feel confident and ready to:

  • Explain why small ranches declined in the 20th century
  • Recall obstacles that western farmers faced during the early 1900s
  • Discuss the American frontier and the way in which the land rush helped shape American history
  • Explain how the transcontinental railroad changed many aspects of American life
  • Recount the federal government's attempt to control Native American nations

The fun teaching style of our educators can simplify the process of learning important facts about the settlement of the Trans-Mississippi West. A brief quiz is available for each lesson, and you may use them for self-assessment purposes.

5 Lessons in Chapter 33: Settlement of the Trans-Mississippi West
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Ranching, Cattle Trails & Cowboys of the American West

1. Ranching, Cattle Trails & Cowboys of the American West

This lesson will explore the 19th century American West. It will highlight ranching, cattle trails, and the American cowboy. It will also identify causes for the 20th century decline of small ranches.

Farming in the American West in the Early 1900s

2. Farming in the American West in the Early 1900s

After the passage of the Homestead Act, many people traveled west to begin farming the land. Learn about the many obstacles the western farmer faced during the early 1900s.

Westward Expansion: The Homestead Act of 1862 & the Frontier Thesis

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?

Expanding the Transcontinental Railroad: History and Impact

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.

Native Americans: Conflict, Conquest and Assimilation During the Gilded Age

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.

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