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Chapter 16: Conquest of the Far West

by: Julia Taboh

Chapter 16: Conquest of the Far West HIST 1378

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The U.S. Since 1877
Professor Matthew Clavin
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Date Created: 02/19/16
The U.S. Since 1877 HIST 1378 – 11 (25824) Prof. Clavin Conquest of the Far West Identification Terms  Plessy V. Ferguson  Dawes Act  Expansion of slavery led to the civil war (1861 – 1865)  Cornerstone Speech (March 21, 1861)  Many confederates signed up to fight the war for social status; they didn’t benefit  financially from the war  Lincoln wanted to rebuild the South even before the war was over th th th  13 , 14 , and 15  amendments added to the Constitution from 1865 till about 1870  Amendments legally changed everything for the e better for the former slaves  Outbreak of violence in the south (Jim Crow laws, KKK) Plessy v. Ferguson   Prior to the court case, every state and local government passed hundreds of racial  segregations laws throughout the south o They were not federal laws o The laws went to the supreme court and were tested  Homer Plessy: a man of *Creole descent who refuse to sit in the back section of the train  in New Orleans; takes the case to court  Supreme court rules that Jim Crow laws are valid; makes them constitutional o Separate but equal Significance: th th th  Sanctioned racism on the federal level; contradicted the 13 , 14  and 15  amendments,  and defeated the whole point of the civil war  Supreme court was no longer on the side of Civil Rights Sharecropping   Black people worked the farms of a rich white man and accumulate so much debt by the  end of the year that they couldn’t repay, and they are owned by the farm owner  Southerners who couldn’t get a job moved westward  Connection of railroads allowed for mass Westward migration  1862: Congress gave away free land to help settlement in the west (160 acres) and passed the Homestead Act; the land was very dangerous  1869: Indians living out west were some of the most violent in the history of the  Americas o Sioux Indians were expert horsemen and had guns  Boomtown – town that grows overnight  Cattle – flat land was perfect for cattle herding; barbed wire was a very important  invention Sioux Nation   Many union troops stationed out West during the civil war Sand Creek Massacre  700 drunk U.S. soldiers massacred an Indian tribe, mostly women and children  Sioux Indians symbolize resistance to removal o Sioux lifestyle was completely centered around the buffalo  Buffalo hunts were organized to get rid of them  1874: Gold is discovered in Dakota territories  o White and Indians fight for two years before the U.S. Army intervenes (and  removes the Indians) Battle of Little Bighorn  Led by Colonel George A. Custer, who was undefeated by the Confederacy  Custer has 500 men, and goes up against 1000 Sioux warriors without reinforcement  The only people who thought the Indians were savages were the ones who wanted the  land the Indians lived on Helen Hunt Jackson  Published “A Century of Dishonor” in 1881  She wanted her book to be the “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” of the Natives  The book recounts a century of the government’s mistreatment and abuse of the Indians Dawes Act  A legislation passed in 1887; it was named after Henry Dawes who proposed the bill  It became known as the Homestead Act of the Indians  Its goal was to Americanize the Indians once and for all  It divided the land the Indians lived on into 160 acre plots of land and each family was  assigned one plot to live on  The Indians were taught English, children were sent to school, and boys cut their hair  Dawes Act got rid of and disregarded Indian traditions  The Indians lost most of their land in the Act Significance:  Indian culture continuously collapsed under the legislation  Indians killed each other; alcoholism and suicide rates increase tremendously; there was a lot of intertribal and trans tribal violence  The legislation was a complete failure  It was a very important precedence to American foreign policy  Was exercised with genuine interest  By the late 1800s, many Native Americans gave up fighting because they knew they  couldn’t win Ghost Dancers:  A huge revitalization movement in the 1800s  Indians reembraced their culture  Ghost dancers: did a dance they believed gave them certain powers, and wore ghost shirts because they believed they would protect them from bullets  They rejected American culture; grew their hair, wore their traditional clothes Wounded Knee Massacre  U.s soldiers sent to stop ghost dancers at the reservation  There is confrontation between the Indians and soldiers and someone’s gun goes off; the  soldiers retreat  Other soldiers fire at Indians with machine guns; of 350 Indians, 200 are killed  There is no more Indian resistance afterwards


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