Westward Expansion

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Westward Expansion

With the newly passed Homestead act, land was given to Homesteaders. Even though many people saw it as a simple job, farmers had more difficulties than expected. Some feared economic failure while others tried to avoid violence with the Indians at any cost. Farmers, Ranchers, and Minners were the fields were most migrats employed in. However, the Farmers and Ranchers had the most difficult winters since they lost most of their business.

The growth of American Industry raised the standard of living for most people but the growth also created a sharper economic and class divisions among the rich, middle class and the poor. In the 1890’s, the richest 10 percent of the U.S population controlled 90 percent of the nation’s wealth. One adult women every five in 1900 was in the labor force working for wages but most of the women were young and single and only 5 percent of married women worked outside the home. After the Civil War, railroad mileage increased more than fivefold in a 35-year period (from 35,000 miles in 1865 to 193,000 miles in 1900). The West and East linked the railroads to create one great national market.

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The scarcity of water forced many engineer to find a way to channel water to the cosset town. A prime example of that is the city of Las Vegas, Nevada. The south plains were mainly used for herding cattle by ranchers. The miners coming to the west searched in mountains and rivers for gold. The grasslands were good farming lands in addition that they were affordable to the common man. The south expanded with the annexation of Texas, but most importantly The TATY Of Guadalupe Hidalgo duplicated the west size by adding what is now: Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming.

Westward Expansion


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