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American Old West

AP American History   The Myth and Reality of the American West We have all heard the stories about the old west.  There are the infamous gunfights, the cowboys that steal all of the women’s hearts, and the many stagecoach robberies.  But how can we tell fact from fiction?  Where is the line drawn between the reality of the American west and the myth portrayed in the numerous books and movies?  Everything may not have been as adventurous as we believe, or as glamorous.  But the real question is:...

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Violence in Old West

How Violent was the Old West During the time frame of 1860-1890 there was an area in the West known as the Great Plains. Although, before it was designated as the Great Plains it was known as the Great American Desert. The Great Plains was originally home to buffalo and Indians labeled as Plains Indians which can be broken down into several different groups such as, the Lakota Indians, Pawnee Indians, and Cheyenne Indians just to name a few. Soon all that changed when the Idea of money and...

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The Outlaws of the Old West

Amanda Dees U.S History since 1876 Outlaws of the Old West The wild west was one of America's most violent times.The American Wild West is a period of history rife with tales of vicious gunfights and battles between lawmen and outlaws. It is the story of exploration and forging a new way of life. Men, women and children left their homes in the East and headed West looking for land and riches. While Hollywood has tended to portray this historical era as one of harshness and violence, scholars...

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Transformations of the American West

Transformations of the American West The three most important transformations of the American West were the completion of the railway system, economically, the diversity of the people, socially, and the conservation of land, politically. All of these transformations have made an unmistakable impact of the American West and what it is today. The largest economic transformation in American Western history was the building of the railroad systems. It was the key factor in united the East and West. The railroads...

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Settlement of the American West

Week 19 Rewrite, Prompt 3 The frontier was mainly a wild place until men went looking for gold and land, justifying their radical and violent attempts to gain land by what they believed to be Manifest Destiny. What whites discovered as they moved west were tribes of Indians settled on what they claimed as “their” land. This want for land was driven by the second Industrial Revolution, prompting the removal of Indians and war to commence. The second Industrial Revolution pioneered an expansion in...

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America Wild West

Following the Civil War, many Americans chose to settle west of the Mississippi river and shaped a distinct culture in this region. Generations later, this fascinating culture was transformed into the Wild West, a romanticized version of the lifestyle, to entertain the masses. The romanticized perception of the Wild West differs extensively from the reality of western settlement, but in some aspects mirrors the true western lifestyle in the post-Civil War period. Native Americans and cowboys, for instance...

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The Bride Comes to Yellow Sky, a Satire of the Wild Old West

Perea 1 Victoria Perea The Bride Comes to Yellow Sky, a Satire of the Wild Old West Stephen Cranes short story “The Bride Comes to Yellow Sky” begins with a newly wed couple traveling by train from San Antonio to Yellow Sky, a small town in old western Texas. The groom, Jack Potter, is the sheriff of Yellow sky, and his bride “was not pretty nor was she very young” (Crane 5) The couple is not described in a romantic or idealistic way. Instead they are portrayed to be awkward, and overly self...

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Two Most Important Components In The Development Of The American West Analysis

The two most important components in the development of the American West that took place in the second half of the nineteenth century were the expansion of the West and the decline of Native Americans. In the middle of the Civil War, Congressional Northerners were looking to populate the West with free labor and they developed the Homestead Act of 1862. This Act would promise settlers 160 acres of land to populate and develop and after five years, the land would become theirs. Almost 400,000 farms...

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The Significance of the Frontier in American History

How does Turner explain the recurring need for communication and transportation along the American frontier? What Turner wants to point out here is that the American West is the most important feature of American history, and of the development of its society. He refers several times to a process of “Americanization” and we will see that the definition he gives of it is a very peculiar one. He gives a definition of the frontier: “it lies at the hither edge of free land”, meaning that he considers...

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Reconstruction in the West

During the time after the Reconstruction for the West, they were helped by the federal government with their economical development in farming, mining and other things that brought in money for them. Some of the most important ways that profit come in to the West was the Gold and Silver Rush out there and also railroads began to be built around this time too. By having the railroads, the mining and the farming beginning the economic stability for the West, the federal government placed some important...

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