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Westward Expansion: Manifest Destiny

July 6-10, 2009


Workshop Facilitators: 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 resources about 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 reconcile its identity as a beacon of democracy while engaging in the process of nation-building through territorial and cultural conquest?

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