Act.04_ The Nation Develops in a Post Civil War Environment
Where necessary, take targeted notes from the sources you use and keep the notes organized in your notebook. The data you gather will be prepared so it may delivered orally to your classmates.
Areas of Study
A. The Frontier (The West)
C. Immigration & Urbanization
1. Please refer to Unit04 of your textbook to build a foundation on the ‘Area of Study’ assigned to you.
2. Supplement your data with sources from the Internet. Those sources are restricted to the Gilder-Lehrman Institute of American History and similar academic repositories. Use your prior experiences in filtering Internet sources when making your choice of digital sources.
Begin an analysis of your assigned ‘area’ by considering the questions below.
Area of Study: The Frontier (The West)
a. As expansion westward accelerated in the post Civil War period, how did native peoples fare from the encounter with incoming Americans (settlers, miners, traders, soldiers, etc.)? (In researching your response to the question, consider: The Americanization Movement, Reservation System)
b. How did farmers come to participate in the settling of the frontier in post Civil War Americas? (In researching your response to the question, consider: Their goals, at least two major problems, and why they supported the ‘Populist’ movement.)
Area of Study: Industrialization
a. Who are the individuals who are ‘leading’ the nation’s industrialization efforts? (At least two should be identified)
b. Which industries are being targeted for expansion in post Civil War America? (At least two should be identified)
c. Since industry cannot succeed, let alone expand, without labor, how does the relationship develop between the two? (In researching your response to the question, consider: Where in society is the majority of labor for industrial work coming from? What skills must they have or in need of for this type of work? Problem/ Conflicts?)
Area of Study: Immigration & Urbanization
a. Post Civil War America becomes a destination for many foreigners. Foreign emigration trends vary over time however. From where do these migrants come during this period? (In researching your response to the question, consider: Were they attracted to the US or repulsed from their place of origin.)
b. What ports of entry are popular for the majority of immigrants during this period?
c. Which urban centers are absorbing significant numbers of these immigrants? (In researching your response to the question, consider: Why those cities?)
d. What advantages and/ or difficulties arose from such a large influx of migrants into these urban areas? (In researching your response to the question, consider: Housing and employment issues).
Area of Study: Reconstruction
a. What was the plan? (In researching your response to the question, consider: Presidential Reconstruction vs. Congressional Reconstruction).
b. How were the former slaves going to be transitioned to a non-slavery lifestyle within the US? (In researching your response to the question, consider: Income for African Americans, role of Freedmen’s Bureau, were African Americans to be “equal” with ‘White’ Americans?)
c. How did the 14th and 15th Amendments to the US Constitution augment the rights given by the 13th Amendment? (In researching your response to the question, consider: Did this address all the issues still plaguing the post Civil War lives of former slaves?)
Reconstruction is a Unit03 topic, not Unit04.