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Westward Expansion

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Louisiana Purchase Doubles U.S.
From history.com, produced by History Channel
Thomas Jefferson pulls off the land deal of the millennium when he buys 800,000 square miles from the French, stretching from the Mississippi River to the Rocky Mountains. This video has good images and maps. Best used if students have map to see the... [more]
November 24, 2010 at 05:19 PM
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Ages: 14 - 18
Clint Black's Book of Rogue's
From pbs.org, produced by PBS
In this clip from History Detectives, we learn about early law enforcement in the Old West.  Musician Clint Black wants to discover more about the history of a book of outlaws that was given to him as a gift.  (13:20)
January 14, 2013 at 12:15 PM
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Ages: 10 - 16
The California Gold Rush (The Wild West)
From youtube.com, produced by Simple History
Not many Americans lived in California, but that soon changed. By 1849 thousands upon thousands of people arrived in search of gold. (02:16)
October 9, 2016 at 10:48 AM
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Ages: 8 - 18
Westward Expansion: The Effect
From hippocampus.org
An excellent presentation about why settlers were moving westward and the problems they faced. Contains a printed version of the script. Students should have a map to help them follow the movement. Lots of statistics could be written down for discuss... [more]
October 30, 2010 at 03:28 PM
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Ages: 10 - 18
Frank and Jesse James
From havefunwithhistory.com, produced by Stories of the Century
This episode of Stories of the Century has railroad detective Matt Clark tracking down notorious brothers and bank robbers, Frank and Jesse James. (26min)
November 13, 2011 at 11:45 PM
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Ages: 10 - 18
From pbslearningmedia.org, produced by Iowa Pathways
Discover how keelboats were used in the 1800's to carry goods down and up the Mississippi River and how they are still used today. (1:25)
February 18, 2012 at 03:16 PM
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Ages: 7 - 18
Pioneer Spirit: Missionaries And The American West
From videopediaworld.com
This two minute video deals with the 1800s missionaries who settled in Oregon in order to convert Native Americans to Christianity. A good video for expanding the vision of students about who the pioneers were and what they tried to accomplish.
September 21, 2010 at 11:43 PM
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Ages: 14 - 18
Trail of Tragedy: Donner Party Site Excavation
From havefunwithhistory.com, produced by USDA Forrest Service
For many years a plaque has marked the spot where the donner party presumably spent their tragic winter of 1846-47 trapped by the heavy snows of the Sierra Nevada. The Tahoe National Forest working with archaeology students from the University of Nev... [more]
November 26, 2011 at 11:49 PM
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Pioneers of the American West
From pbslearningmedia.org, produced by WNET.ORG Properties LLC
In this video segment from Faces of America, we learn about Chef Mario Batali’s Italian ancestors and why they left their Italian homeland in the early 20th century. Nostalgic for the land of his ancestors, Batali is curious as to why they left Italy... [more]
February 18, 2012 at 11:16 PM
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The Donner Party
From history.com, produced by History Channel
This four minute video gives an explanation of the decision making that results in the infamous Donner Party episode of the Western movement. This could be a little to coarse for some students as the five months of isolation is explained. Teacher pre... [more]
October 31, 2010 at 02:24 PM
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