Chronological Reasoning and Causation
What did the canal do for African Americans?
Suggested Teaching Instructions
Driven by political and economic motives, the United States expanded its physical boundaries to the Pacific Ocean between 1800 and 1860. This settlement displaced Native Americans as the frontier was pushed westward. Westward expansion provided opportunities for some groups while harming others.
Students will examine the ways westward movement affected the lives of women and African Americans.