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Changes on the Western Frontier. Clashes on The Frontier. Native Americans-pushed to Great Plains. Life centered on horse and buffalo Buffalo provided food, clothing, shelter. Settlers Arrive. Post Civil War Gold discovered (Colorado plus)= miners flock to gold discoveries

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native americans pushed to great plains
Native Americans-pushed to Great Plains
  • Life centered on horse and buffalo
    • Buffalo provided food, clothing, shelter
settlers arrive
Settlers Arrive
  • Post Civil War
    • Gold discovered (Colorado plus)= miners flock to gold discoveries
    • Homestead act =Cheap/free land for farmers
    • African Americans, Germans, Scandinavians
twice promised land
Twice Promised Land…
  • Plains had been earlier granted to Native Americans
  • More settlers come, US govt attempts to renegotiate
  • Conflict
    • Broken treaties, gold discovered bringing more settlers
more bad news
More bad news
  • Dawes Act-force assimilation of Native Americans into white culture
  • Destruction of Buffalo, replaced with cattle ranching
transcontinental railroad
Transcontinental Railroad
  • Promotes settlement of the plains
  • Govt. gives land tracts to railroad companies
    • RR recruited settlers all over Europe
    • Sold some of it for cheap prices to farmers
  • Homestead Act
populist movement
Populist Movement
  • Farmers in trouble: Civil War over, money supply shrank, making each dollar in circulation worth more. Farmers want “cheap money”
  • Populist Party
    • Polices to help farmers
    • Direct election of senators and secret ballot
    • Candidate William Jennings Bryant, backs cheaper money. Didn’t win, but demands were heard.
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