Western Frontier

Jenell Guild

There was a huge point in history when the cost of enlarging the nation was more important than the value of Native Americans. The United States government thought that enlarging the nation was more important than the value of Native Americans. Some examples of this, is that they forced Native American tribes to move to a reservation, they destroyed their buffalo, wanted all Native Americans to live and behave like white Americans, The Dawes Act, and also the Wounded Knee Massacre.


The United States government thought that enlarging the nation was more important than the value of Native Americans, they really didn't care much about the Native Americans. The United States government forced the Native American tribes to live at a reservation, which was not always the best land. The United States army, railroad companies, and white settlers also killed all of the buffalo, the buffalo were the Native American's main source of how they got their food and clothing. The U.S also wanted to make the Native Americans live the lifestyle and behave like a white American. To achieve this goal the Native Americans had to change their name to Christian names, they had to go to a boarding school, and they had to cut their hair. The Dawes Act also played a big part in how the U.S government was more interested in enlarging the country rather than the Native Americans. The Dawes Act was supposed to break up the reservations into allotments that were for each individual family. The Dawes Act also made the family's farm and build land so they could eventually support themselves, and the land that wasn't used for the allotments was sold to white farmers. The Wounded Knee Massacre was when the Sioux tribe thought that the U.S government had destroyed their culture. Once when part of the Sioux tribe was gathering for an annual ghost dance the U.S troops killed many men, women, and children. Overall the U.S government felt that it was more important to enlarge the country, and that caused them to ignore the importance of the Native Americans.


There was a time in history when the cost of enlarging the nation was more important than the value of human life as Native Americans. The United States government forced Native American tribes to move to a reservation, killed all their buffalo, wanted all Native Americans to live and behave like white Americans. They passed the Dawes Act, and the Wounded Knee Massacre also happened because the U.S government thought it was crucial to enlarge the nation and not really notice what they're doing to the Native Americans.

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Westward Expansion Rap

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