October 16, 2019

Primary Source Learning: Expansion & Reform Primary Source Set

Passengers from Washington for the West
Have students use the primary sources in this set to tell a story about the period 1815-1860, when the United States expanded dramatically geographically, displacing native peoples. But this time was also one of striving for social reforms (promoting temperance, creating public school systems, improving the treatment of prisoners, the insane, and the poor, abolishing slavery, and gaining equal rights for women). The story may focus on one aspect of this time period or both and may be in digital or print form. It could be nonfiction, fiction, poetry, or even a song. Click on each thumbnail image below to access the full size primary source. You may also use this primary set for a found poetry activity (click the previous link). Be sure to take a look at the Expansion & Reform timeline as well as associated lesson plans (see below). For more primary source sets and other teaching and learning resources by time period, access the U.S. History by Time Period themed link set.

 Chiricahua Apaches as they arrived at CarlisleChiricahua Apaches as They Arrived at Carlisle

Passengers from Washington for the West

Passengers from Washington for the West

Tasunka, the Slayer of Lieut. Casey, near Pine Ridge, S.D.

Tasunka, the Slayer of Lieut. Casey, near Pine Ridge, S.D.

 Auction & Negro Sales

Auction & Negro Sales

Daniel Webster addressing the United States Senate

Daniel Webster Addressing the United States Senate

Slave auction at the south

Slave Auction at the South

Tampa Bay on the Gulf of Mexico

Tampa Bay on the Gulf of Mexico

Mr. Zina Hitchcock Benjamin family

Mr. Zina Hitchcock Benjamin Family

Gold mining in California

Gold mining in California

Landing of the American forces under Genl. Scott, at Vera Cruz

Landing of the American Forces under Genl. Scott, at Vera Cruz

Effects of the Fugitive-Slave-Law

Effects of the Fugitive-Slave-Law

Cache la Poudre Creek

Cache la Poudre Creek

Treaty between the U.S. and the Potawatimie Indians

Treaty between the U.S. and the Potawatomi Indians

Sarah Byrd Memories of Oregon Trail

Sarah Byrd Memories of Oregon Trail

American Moral Reform Society: Declaration of Sentiment

American Moral Reform Society: Declaration of Sentiment

New nation lesson plans

Primary source sets by time period

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