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Triumph and Tragedy: Westward Expansion (NHD @ the National Museum of American History)

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Civics +4 Age Levels Middle School (13 to 15 years old), High School (16 to 18 years old)

This collection includes objects and resources related to Westward Expansion in the 19th century. During this time the nation expanded its borders into territory held by American Indians, France, and Mexico, claiming millions of acres and thousands of people as part of the United States. Additional resources on this topic can be found by visiting the National Museum of American History's online exhibitions at AmericanHistory.si.edu and History Explorer at HistoryExplorer.si.edu

Each National History Day collection from the National Museum of American History includes selected resources to support NHD projects under the 2019 theme - Triumph and Tragedy. This collection is by no means comprehensive, but should be used as a place of inspiration for new projects or source of additional information for ones already in the works.

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Railroad Hand-Signal Lantern, 1870s-80s

National Museum of American History

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Custer's Last Charge

National Museum of American History

Chromolithograph entitled "Custer's Last Fight"

National Museum of American History

Sitting Bull

National Portrait Gallery

Keeping History: Plains Indian Ledger Drawings Homepage

SI Center for Learning and Digital Access

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New Mexican Inlaid Cross, Late 1800s

National Museum of American History

General Winfield Scott

National Portrait Gallery

"The Storming of Chapultepec"

National Museum of American History

"Tierra o Muerte"

National Museum of American History

4c New Mexico Statehood single

National Postal Museum

4c Arizona Statehood single

National Postal Museum

Virgin of Guadalupe?

National Museum of American History

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Gold Nugget

National Museum of American History

Gold Dust Scoop

National Museum of American History

Balance

National Museum of American History

"Gold Washers" Snuff Box

National Museum of American History

Rigged Model, Extreme Gold Rush Clipper Challenge

National Museum of American History

Gold Necklace

National Museum of American History

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Chinese Wok, c. 1800s

National Museum of American History

Torah Mantle

National Museum of American History

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Mountain of the Holy Cross

National Museum of American History

John Deere Plow

National Museum of American History

Eadweard Muybridge

National Portrait Gallery

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Van Valen's Gold Rush Journey

SI Center for Learning and Digital Access