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Why Move West?

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US History Age Level High School (16 to 18 years old)

Each resource symbolizes a reason why Americans chose to move west.  For EACH one, complete the following activity:

1) Source it: What is it? Who made it? When was it made? What is the author's purpose/why was it made? Hint- click the i on the left side of the screen to learn more about the source.

2) Identify at least 3 details that you see in EACH image.

3) Why would this resource motivate people to move West? Use a specific detail that you saw to prove your point.

Eviction (Lower East Side)

Smithsonian American Art Museum

4c Homestead Act single

National Postal Museum

Gold Nugget

National Museum of American History

"Buffalo Bill's Indian Wild West Show"

National Anthropological Archives

The Wild Bunch

National Portrait Gallery

"The Storming of Chapultepec"

National Museum of American History

Horace Greeley

National Portrait Gallery

The Pioneer Woman [sculpture] / (photographed by De Witt Ward)

Archives and Special Collections, Smithsonian American Art Museum