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Expand, Expand, Expand

In this unit we had a LOT going on. We investigated many different perspectives and events during post Civil War Westward Expansion and Imperialism. In the years following the Civil War, the United States experienced unprecedented growth. While people from all over flocked to growing cities, we also expanded to the West. New technologies made the vast lands of the West more desirable, but the evolution of the “Great American Desert” into the “Nation’s Breadbasket” had both positive and negative consequences. We also Industrialization, Immigration and Urbanization. As America grew and expanded on many levels. We saw that Industrialists created massive enterprises that had influence both in the United States and around the world. Industrialization led to social dislocation, crushing poverty, and huge disparities between rich and poor. We learned how the rise of industry led to the growth of the American city. Immigrants from all over flooded into growing cities. We investigated the many effects of this growth and found that the result was not only cultural diversity, but changes in everyday city-life, including crime and politics.