WORKSHOPS | SPECIAL EVENTS
Westward Expansion: Manifest Destiny
July 6-10, 2009
In this workshop we will explore the territorial expansion of the United
States and the movement of its people across the continent during the nineteenth century. We will develop lessons and share teaching
the acquisition of new territories, justifications for growth like the
concept of manifest destiny, the transportation revolution with particular emphasis on the growth of railroads, the impact of key laws
like the Homestead Act and the Indian
policy of the federal government, the multi-ethnic frontier, and the experience and activities of women on that frontier.
This workshop will continue the Center's focus on teaching literacy skills through the social studies curriculum. We will start the week developing
broad essential questions, such as; What is the significance of the West in American History? How did the United States
as a beacon of democracy while engaging in the process of nation-building through territorial and cultural conquest?
Resources for workshop participants
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