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"Westward Ho": Westward Migration in the 1840s and 50s: Who, Where, Why, How?

Theme: An Industrious People: American Economic History
Topic: “Westward Ho ”: Westward Migration in the 1840s and 50s: Who, Where, Why, How?
Date: April 2006

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2003 Massachusetts History and Social Science Framework Connections (Learning Standards):

PreK-K.5 Retell stories that illustrate honesty, courage, friendship, respect, responsibility and the wise or judicious exercise of authority, and explain how the characters in the stories show these qualities.

1.7 After reading or listening to folktales, legends and stories from America (e.g. Johnny Appleseed, Paul Bunyan, Davy Crockett, John Henry and Annie Oakley) and from around the world…, describe the main characters and their qualities.

1.8 After reading or listening to stories about famous Americans of different ethnic groups, faiths and historical periods…, describe the main characters and their qualities.

3.9 Identify historic buildings, monuments or sites in the area and explain their purpose and significance.

3.12 Explain how objects or artifacts of everyday life in the past tell us how ordinary people lived and how everyday life has changed. Draw on the services of the local historical society and local museums as needed.

5.34 Explain the reasons that pioneers moved west from the beginning to the middle fo the 19th century, and describe their lives on the frontier.
            A. wagon train journeys on the Oregon and Santa Fe Trails
            B. their settlements in the western territories

USI.26 Describe the causes, course and consequences of America’s westward expansion and its growing diplomatic assertiveness. Use a map of North America to trace America’s expansion to the Civil War, including the location of the Sante Fe and Oregon trails.
            A.  the War of 1812
            B.  the purchase of Florida in 1819
            C.  the 1823 Monroe Doctrine
            D.  the Cherokee’s Trail of Tears
            E.  the annexation of Texas in 1845
            F.  the concept of Manifest Destiny and its relationship to westward expansion
            G.  the acquisition of the Oregon Territory in 1846
            H.  the territorieal acquisitions resulting form the Mexican War
            I.  the search for gold in California
            J.  the Gasden Purchase of 1854