GCSE Topic Pack: The American West

By Author: Anne-Marie Pope. Web Editor: Simon Brown, published 6th June 2011

This Topic Pack looks at the American West.

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The American West

  • Introduction
  • The Louisiana Purchase
  • Manifest Destiny
  • Early Settlers and Mountain Men
  • Mormon Persecution and Migration
  • The California Gold Rush and the 49ers
  • The Homestead Act of 1862
  • The Rise of the Cowboy
  • American Indians on the Great Plains
  • White Settlers and Plains Indians
  • Conflict with the Plains Indians
  • Battle of Little Bighorn
  • Submission and Assimilation of Plains Indians
  • The West
  • Further Reading