Early America 1492-1877

  1. Using examples from 1790 to 1860, consider the problem of expansion in United States history, both internal
    and external. This is an open-ended question. You may refer to literal territorial expansion by the settlement of
    frontiers, or by seizure of territory in war, or by the formal addition of territories and states. You may also refer
    to internal expansion by development, increase in population, urban density, and variety. Questions you might
    consider include: How was land added to the Union? How were different groups involved or affected in
    expansion processes? What different kinds of frontiers existed? How was the process in the original Northwest
    Territory different from that in the Southern States? How was Iowa different from Texas, or California, or the
    Northwest Territory? What was experienced by typical frontier settlers, enslaved people, Indians, immigrants
    traveling from Europe to the frontiers, prospectors, canal diggers? What were the experiences of different
    groups as cities grew? You may also consider how these experiences were not always the same, but changed
    through different times.
  2. You are a time traveler. You pop into one or two specific places in North America around the year 1796.
    Then you skip to one or two places in the territory of the United States about fifty years later, around the year
  3. Describe and compare material cultures and ways of life. Describe some of the kinds of people (groups)
    and common beliefs you encounter in each era.

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