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Issues of westward expansion
Roth, Mitchel P., 1953-
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Publication Information:
Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, [2002]

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xxi, 292 pages ; 24 cm.
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E179.5 .R68 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Are Americans entitled to a Manifest Destiny? This book explores 13 key issues of Western expansion from the early 1800s through the Dust Bowl of the 1930s. Expert commentary and 73 primary documents represent a variety of views on each issue. Documents include presidential letters and speeches, first-person accounts and letters, newspaper and magazine opinion pieces, court decisions, and congressional debates. Voices range from those of presidents to ordinary people caught up in the events of the time.

Some of the major topics considered are:

- Lewis and Clark's expedition

- Indian and Mexican land claims

- The effect of western expansion on slavery

- Importing Chinese laborers to help build the transcontinental railroad

- Government opposition to Mormons settling in the West

- Texas annexation

- The Homestead Act

- The Sand Creek Massacre

- The Battle of Little Big Horn

- The creation of Yellowstone National Park

- Wounded Knee 1890

A narrative overview of each event, an annotated bibliography following each event, and a timeline of key events make this volume an indispensable resource.

Author Notes

MITCHEL ROTH is associate professor of criminal justice at Sam Houston State University. He is a historian of criminal justice and of the American West. He has written seven books including Historical Dictionary of Law Enforcement (Greenwood, 2000), Historical Dictionary of War Journalism (Greenwood, 1997), Fulfilling a Mandate (1997), Reading the American West (1999), and Crime and Punishment: A History of Criminal Justice (forthcoming 2002).

Table of Contents

Randall M. Miller
Series Forewordp. ix
Prefacep. xiii
Chronology of Eventsp. xvii
1. Introductionp. 1
2. Lewis and Clark and the Louisiana Purchase: Government-Sponsored Expeditions to Western Landsp. 19
3. Indian Removal, 1803-1839p. 37
4. Manifest Destiny, Texas Annexation, and the War with Mexico: Sowing the Seeds of Sectional Conflictp. 59
5. The Mormon Settlement of the Westp. 79
6. The Homestead Act: The Dispersal of Western Landsp. 101
7. Building the Transcontinental Railroadp. 123
8. The Sand Creek Massacrep. 143
9. The Battle of the Little Big Horn: The End of the Plains Indian Wars and a Way of Lifep. 167
10. The Creation of Yellowstone National Park: Preserving the Natural Westp. 191
11. Chinese Exclusion: Race Relations in Californiap. 213
12. Wounded Knee, 1890p. 239
13. The Dust Bowl: Transition on the Farming Frontierp. 261
General Bibliographyp. 283
Indexp. 287