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F593 .M48 1998 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Oversize
F593 .M48 1998 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Oversize

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This book meets the requirements of the Study in Depth part of SHP (Schools History Project) GCSE History syllabuses. It concentrates on the way the American West was settled and developed by various groups of people between 1840 and 1895, and the impact of this settlement on the Native American peoples. Through enquiry based investigations the book explores the reasons for the settlement of the American West, the conflicts which resulted from the clash of different cultures and life styles, and the consequences of these conflicts.

Table of Contents

Contents: Manifest destiny
The Native Americans
The importance of the buffalo
Native American weapons and warfare
Life amoung the Plains Indians
Native American religion and beliefs
Review: The West in 1840
Fur traders, trappers and mountain men
The Oregon trail
The Mormons
Miners and mining
Review: the pioneers
Transport and the coming of the railroad
Homesteading on the Great Plains
The cattle trade
Cowboys: myth and reality
Review: Growth and development on the Great Plains
The outbreak of fighting on the Great Plains
On the warpath
The battle of Little Bighorn and its aftermath
Review: The war for the Great Plains
Law and Order
The Johnson County War
Review: The last days of the Wild West