“Go west young Man”
The American Frontier during the 19th century
Character #3: Mormons
INSTRUCTIONS: Your group must present the Mormons and their role in the settlement of the Great Plains • Your presentation must be about 20 minutes.
• Your presentation must be structured in main parts (titles included in the PPT) • Your must create a PowerPoint Presentation (a few slides) underlining the main parts and notions of your presentation. Use it to present some documents (source and analysis). • Work, analyze and present to the rest of the class the document (s) included in this worksheet. • Don’t forget to explain the major notions and the key vocabulary. • Each member of your group must talk in front of the class.
Key questions you have to address during your presentation.
• Who are the Mormons? Present quickly their main beliefs and religious practices. • Present their main leaders in the 1840s (Joseph Smith and Brigham Young). • Why did they decide to move West?
• What were the main steps of their westward migration? • Why did they settle around the Great Salt Lake? How did they organize the territory? • What were the relations between the Mormons and the US government? • Why did they play an important role in the Westward expansion?
Documents you have to use during your presentation:
Source : First vision of Joseph Smith, stained glass window, from the PBS web site. This stained glass window was completed in 1913 by an unknown artist, and is presently displayed at the Museum of Church History and Art in Salt Lake City, Utah.
The Handcart Pioneer Monument, Temple Square in Salt Lake City, Utah. The original 1926 bronze by Torleif Soviren Knaphus was reproduced life-size in 1945 for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints by Knaphus
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