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Violent Land . The West and the Civil War of Incorporation. The Frontier and Industrialization. Mining Operations “Gold Rushes” and Placer Operations Boom Towns and “Ghost Towns” Corporate Mining The Anaconda Mine, Butte, Montana Immigrants and the Division of Labor.

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Violent Land

The West and the Civil War of Incorporation


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The Frontier and Industrialization

  • Mining Operations

    • “Gold Rushes” and Placer Operations

    • Boom Towns and “Ghost Towns”

    • Corporate Mining

      • The Anaconda Mine, Butte, Montana

    • Immigrants and the Division of Labor


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The Railroads, Eastern Tables and Western Beef

  • Pacific Railroad Act (1861)

  • Eastern Tables and Western Beef: The Cattle Kingdoms

    • Pork vs. Beef

    • Texas Longhorns “8 lbs of hamburger on 800 lbs. of bone and horn.”

    • Joseph G. McCoy and the Chisolm Trail

    • Gustavus Swift

    • Cattle Corporations


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Agricultural Empire

  • Why did pioneers “go west?”

  • The Homestead Act (1862)

    • Homesteaders

  • Western farmers and the Capitalist Economy

    • Financial backing

    • Costs

    • Markets



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Violent Land?

  • Why the West was a violent place.

    • Demographic roots— “Surplus males”

    • “Honor cultures”

    • Vigilantism

    • The doctrine of “no duty to retreat.”

  • The Western Civil War of Incorporation (1870-1920)

    • Pro Incorporation (northern, Republican)

    • “Resisters” (Texan, Southern, Democrat)





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Cattle Trails

Chisolm Trail

Western Trail





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Wild Bill Hickock

Bat Masterson and Wyatt Earp, 1877


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Jesse James as adult

Jesse James at 16




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