Enrichment Materials: Westward Expansion
These enrichment materials build upon concepts introduced in US History and Advanced US History courses. They incorporate and link perspectives from a wide array of peoples during this time period.
Interview with a Negro cowboy, Bones Hooks, from the period of westward expansion
A letter from the leaders of the Seneca Nation, one of the largest nations of Native Americans in New York
An act providing for the exchange of land between Native Americans and settlers, and for their complete removal west of the River Mississippi
Michael Blake, discussing his novel “Indian Yell: The Heart of American Insurgency”
A report of life in California’s American Indian territories
The story of a Japanese man who, after his ship was dismasted, was rescued by an American ship
The story of an American vagrant who travelled to the West
Chinese merchants' complaints about discrimination, 1860
"The Miner's Ten Commandments"
Execution of 38 Sioux Indians at Markato, MN
"Memorial of a Delegation of the Cherokee Nation of Indians"
"The Negro" illustration in "The World of California"
Diaries and letters from Westward Expansion
"California As I Saw It," first-person narratives from the settlement of California
"The Great Nation of Futurity"
Narrative (PBS): African Americans and Westward Expansion