Category Archives: Western Expansion Era

Dawes Act – Assimilation (1887) Primary Source Analysis Activity

Primary Source Activity: Excerpt of Dawes Act (1887) The Dawes Act was attempt by Congress to assimilate Native Americans into mainstream U.S. society by providing private land ownership and citizenship. Click on link to download primary source document. the-dawes-act – primary … Continue reading

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Andrew Jackson & Indian Removal Acts (videos)

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Chief Two Moon’s Account of the Battle of Little Big Horn – (McClure’s Magazine 1898)

 image: myimagezone “I rode swiftly toward Sitting Bull’s camp. There I saw the white soldiers fighting in a line [Reno’s men]. Indians covered the flat. They began to drive the soldiers all mixed up—Sioux, then soldiers, then more Sioux, and … Continue reading

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Buffalo Hunting Match – Buffalo Bill Cody (primary source document)

The Life of Buffalo Bill Shortly after the adventures mentioned in the preceding chapter, I had my celebrated buffalo hunt with Billy Comstock, a noted scout, guide and interpreter, who was then chief of scouts at Fort Wallace, Kansas. Comstock … Continue reading

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Chief Joseph surrenders to U.S. Army (speech) 1877

Chief Joseph of the Nez Perce – On Surrender to US Army (1877) Tell General Howard I know his heart. What he told me before, I have it in my heart. I am tired of fighting. Our Chiefs are killed; … Continue reading

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Geronimo: An American Legend, 1993 (motion picture)

Geronimo: An American Legend, 1993 The Apache Indians have reluctantly agreed to settle on a US Government approved reservation. Not all the Apaches are able to adapt to the life of corn farmers. One in particular, Geronimo, is restless. Pushed … Continue reading

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Far and Away, 1992 (motion picture)

 Far and Away, 1992 Joseph Donnelly, a young Irishman facing property eviction after his father’s death, decides to take revenge on Daniel Christie, his Irish landlord. Instead of killing Christie, however, he is injured and sentenced to a duel with Christie’s … Continue reading

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