8th Grade Social Studies-Mrs. Spadafora

AMERICA: HISTORY OF OUR NATION 2011 

 

The West Transformed (1860–1896)

Cowboys attempting to rope a maverick longhorn Courtesy Corel Professional Photos

 

Summary

Miners and railroad builders helped bring new settlers to the West and helped to link it to the rest of the nation. However, as settlers poured into the West, Native Americans struggled to maintain their way of life.

An extensive cattle industry developed in the West to provide meat for the nation. Many western settlers took up farming, but their lives were hard and their challenges many.

Chapter Outline

Section 1: Mining and Railroads

Section 2: Native Americans Struggle to Survive

Section 3: Cattle Kingdoms

Section 4: Farming in the West