Westward Expansion Research Paper

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Andrew Ives Westward Expansion and the Treatment of Indians After the civil war the United States of America made some huge changes to the country, some good and some bad. How did the country change so much after the civil war? Westward expansion, people wanted to move west and tackle the American dream, get rich by mining gold for instance. This huge westward expansion was influenced by many different things and people. Buffalo Bill was an American icon to young men who wanted to prove themselves by attacking the rugged terrain and Indians. Then coming from a different spectrum we had the connecting of the east and west by the finishing of the transcontinental railroad. Westward Expansion took the country by storm after the civil…show more content…
There were many wars and battles between whites and the Indians, not to mention all the young men who just wanted to tackle the west and kill an Indian. Because of readings and stories about how men like Buffalo Bill were so brave and would get attacked by Indians on his hunts, he would kill them and be a hero saving the day, from the “savage” Indians. “Waiting for scalps” Out of The Indian war (63) goes into grave detail how the King and Buffalo Bill with his two scouts and six soldiers saved two couriers from being scalped by a group of Indians who were hell bent on doing just that. But Bill and his soldiers flanked the Indians. “Cody kills Yellow Hand” from Dorsey assimilates that Buffalo Bill murdered Yellow had with two shots from his rifle. Bill Shot the “young Cheyenne brave” by simply kneeling taking aim and firing, but first he shot the brave in the leg and the horse in the head. Bill was able to stay calm and before you know it Bill shot the Indian again and bringing him to the ground. The life of Indians was hard when the Custer and the army came through and took all their…show more content…
In many ways the expansion was, but in many ways it was not. In good ways the westward expansion that took place lead to huge explosion of industrialization, unionization, urbanization, and Immigration. After the west expansion and the connection of the transcontinental railroad manufacturing exploded and created jobs. Yet in ways this development was not good, it was pretty depressing how the whites treated the Indians. The whites taking all their land, and forcing them to these small confined areas where they can’t even support themselves or families. During this time the Indians didn’t have enough land to hunt their food on, the government promised them food, but it often never showed or was extremely
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