October 5, 2021

Primary Source Spotlight: Indian Removal

These primary sources and teaching resources relate to the removal of Native Americans from their ancestral lands. Documents related to the Indian Removal Act of 1830 A Bill to provide for an exchange of lands with the Indians residing in any of the States or Territories, and for their removal West of the river Mississippi (S. 102) February 22, 1830 Senate debated the above bill (S. 102) and then voted 28 to 19 to pass the Indian Removal Act April 24, 1830 House of Representatives … [Read more...]

Learning from the Source: Primary Source Trail of Western Migration

Background The “Corps of Discovery” expedition led by Meriwether Lewis and William Clark in the years 1804-1806 was instrumental in opening up western North America to settlement. After this defining exploration, fur companies further investigated  westward routes. Financed by John J. Astor's Pacific Fur Company, an 1812 expedition led by Robert Stuart began on the west coast at Fort Aster on the mouth of the Columbia River and forged eastward. A significant portion of the route … [Read more...]

Primary Source Learning: Immigration

Primary source sets with teaching guides Immigration Challenges for New Americans Mexican American Migrations and Communities Primary Source Learning: Immigration Primary Source Set Puerto Rican Identity Primary source lesson plans The American West: Images of Its People 6-8 Child Immigrant Experiences of Early 1900s and Today 3-5 Creating a Primary Source Archive: All History Is Local 6-8, 9-12 Historical Fiction: Setting Study through Primary Sources of the Novel … [Read more...]

Primary Source Learning: Expansion & Reform Primary Source Set

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 … [Read more...]