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Westward Expansion

Reading Section
Introduction

Mining and Ranching


Opportunities in the West

Miners: In Search of the


Big Strike

Ranchers and Cowboys


Find a Home on the
Range

Notes

Railroads Open the West


to Rapid Settlement

The First
Transcontinental Railroad
Creates Huge Challenges

Working on the Railroad:


Jobs and Hardships for
Immigrants

Railroads Become
Lifelines in the West

Indian Wars Shatter Tribal


Cultures

Cultures Clash on the


Great Plains

Adaptation and Efforts to


Assimilate American
Indians

Settling the Great Plains

Opportunities and
Challenges on the Great
Plains

African Americans See


the Plains as the
"Promised Land"

Farmers Rise Up in
Protest

Farmers' Frustrations
Give Rise to Populism

The Rise and Fall of the


Populist Party