Ch 18: The American Journey Chapter 18: Opening the West

About This Chapter

The Opening the West chapter of The American Journey Companion Course helps students learn the essential lessons associated with opening the west. Each of these simple and fun video lessons is about five minutes long and is sequenced to align with the Opening the West textbook chapter.

How It Works:

  • Find the lesson within this chapter that corresponds to what you're studying in the Opening the West chapter of your textbook.
  • Watch fun videos that cover the historical concepts you need to learn or review.
  • Complete the quiz after watching each video lesson to test your understanding.
  • If you need additional help, rewatch the videos until you've mastered the material, or submit a question for one of our instructors.

Chapter Topics

You'll learn all of the history topics covered in the textbook chapter, including:

  • The creation of boomtowns during the mining frontier
  • How the Homestead Act of 1862 advanced westward expansion
  • Westward expansion and conflicts between Native Americans and settlers
  • Native American strife, defeat, and adaptation in the Gilded Age
  • The background and objectives of the Grange and the Populist Party Platform

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5 Lessons in Chapter 18: The American Journey Chapter 18: Opening the West
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The Mining Frontier of the American West

1. The Mining Frontier of the American West

In this lesson we will learn about the mining frontier of the American West during the 19th century. We'll cover what life was like and some key themes associated with the mining frontier, particularly as it relates to the California Gold Rush.

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

2. 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?

The Indian Wars: Struggle Between Native Americans and Settlers

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.

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

4. 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.

The Grange and the Populist Party Platform: Goals, History & Definitions

5. The Grange and the Populist Party Platform: Goals, History & Definitions

During the Gilded Age of the late 19th century, farm prices fell and the federal government began supporting industry. Farmers first organized the Grange, a social movement that turned political with Farmers' Alliances. The Populist Party emerged to represent agrarian interests at the national level.

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