Into the West: Causes and Effects of U.S. Westward Expansion


Gold fever! Free land! A chance to start a new life! In the 1800s, many Americans heard the call of the West. But how did the mass movement start? And how would it change the United States?

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Gold fever! Free land! A chance to start a new life! In the 1800s, many Americans heard the call of the West. But how did the mass movement start? And how would it change the United States?

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Children's Literature - Ellen Welty
In the mid-nineteenth century, the population of the United States was on the move, headed west in a big way. There were several key factors that led to this trend. This informative book, part of the "Fact Finders" series, lists the five most important causes of the westward expansion and discusses each in some detail. The first chapter looks at the general character of the population in the early part of the century, while the second chapter explains the major causes of the westward move. The third chapter details what the journey west was like for many people, and the final chapter examines the effects of the population shift. Written for an upper elementary audience, the book explains in clear but simple terms what "manifest destiny" meant to the early white settlers and how the Homestead Act enabled people to acquire land. The chapter about the westward journey contains a list of the typical supplies that pioneers needed in order to arrive safely at their destination. The final chapter looks at effects of the move west, not only for settlers but for Native Americans as well. Their lands were seized, and they were forced onto reservations. The book includes sidebars that highlight vocabulary or specific events, a glossary, an index, and a brief bibliography including websites. A timeline would have been a nice additional feature, but the book is useful for students who need to understand more about westward expansion. Recommended. Reviewer: Ellen Welty
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781476502373
  • Publisher: Capstone Press
  • Publication date: 7/1/2013
  • Series: Capstone Cause and Effect Series
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 8 - 11 Years
  • Lexile: 780L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 7.80 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Terry Collins always knew he wanted to be a writer when he grew up. A former award-winning newspaper reporter and columnist, he now writes poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and graphic novels for readers of all ages. He also teaches literature and creative writing, helping to inspire other lovers of the written word. Terry lives in his hometown in North Carolina with his wife, Ginny, and their devoted dog, Bosley. A lifelong reader, he has a personal library that outgrew his house years ago. Despite his wife's gentle protests over a lack of space, he believes a person can never own too many books.
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