Lecture 1. Hist 111 American Civilization II Instructor: Dr. Donald R. Shaffer Upper Iowa University. Lecture 1 Westward Expansion: Significance of the Frontier. The West exerted a powerful influence on the U.S. during the 19 th century
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American Civilization II
Instructor: Dr. Donald R. Shaffer
Upper Iowa University
Frederick Jackson Turner
Author of the “Significance of the Frontier in American History”
Although lacking a significant effect on popular culture, 1990’s Dances with Wolves is arguably a New Western History Hollywood Western – why?
Utilized high powered water hoses, literally eroding hillsides to get at the minerals beneath
Cowboys gathered around
a chuck wagon out on
the open range
Prairie sod house in
Why did early settlers build their houses from earth?
“Before” and “After” pictures of a Navajo boy at the Carlisle Indian
Industrial School, c. 1880s
Boarding schools were tools of assimilating Indian children to Victorian American culture