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The Westward Expansion of the United States, 1803-90
In this course, Dr Kevin Waite (University of Durham) explores the westward expansion of the United States in period 1803-90. After a broad introduction to the period in which we outline some of the factors that contributed to this westward movement, we think about the foundation of the American state in the late 18th century and the initial attempts at expansion, culminating in the Louisiana Purchase of 1804. After that, we look at encounters between white settlers and Native Americans in the period 1810-40, focusing in particular on the War of 1812 and the Trail of Tears, before moving on in the fourth module to explore how the issue of slavery contributed to America's expansion into Texas and further west. In the fifth module, we see how westward expansion exacerbated tensions between the free states of the North and the slave states of the South and ultimately led to the outbreak of the American Civil War (1861-65), before learning, in the sixth module, about how hostilities with Native Americans continued in the decades following the Civil War. Finally, in the seventh module, we study the treatment of Native Americans in the final decades of the nineteenth century, focusing in particular on the creation of Indian Boarding Schools, the Dawes Act of 1887, and the massacre at Wounded Knee.
In this module, we provide a broad introduction to the course as a whole, before outlining the factors that contributed to the American expansion to the west.
Cite this Lecture
Waite, K. (2018, August 15). The Westward Expansion of the United States, 1803-90 - Introduction [Video]. MASSOLIT. https://massolit.io/courses/the-westward-expansion-of-the-united-states-1803-90/the-road-to-civil-war
Waite, K. "The Westward Expansion of the United States, 1803-90 – Introduction." MASSOLIT, uploaded by MASSOLIT, 15 Aug 2018, https://massolit.io/courses/the-westward-expansion-of-the-united-states-1803-90/the-road-to-civil-war