How do economic, political, and social developments in the West change the North and South? Is the West the hinterland of the East? How would you assess the relationship between the development in rural areas and urban centers?
Take a creative approach to present primary sources and synthesizing secondary source material. A project like this might be a component in a public history exhibition or part of planning for a public history project.
Create a presentation (minimum 7 slides, no including a title slide and bibliography) That will help bring others in tow and fund your journey West. Take a perspective relevant to the era. Include primary sources. Also, Consider issues such as Where are you going? Also, How will you get there? Lastly, Why are you going? Who are you presenting to and how will you persuade them? Consider alternative economic pursuits to the gold rush alone. Your goal is to display your historical knowledge and primary source research skills.
Discuss the settling of the American West in terms of diversity. Also, Pick TWO contrasting examples of the “old West” in popular media, such as a television show, game, or film. Generally, How would you compare or contrast these to diversity in the historical west? Analyze the image of the “Old West” depicted in the examples versus the historical reality.
Lastly, Explain how the sources support your points, include the citation, source, and URL