6th-8th Grade History Learning Activity: Growing and Changing America

Between 1860 and 1890, America saw drastic changes to its landscape. Manifest Destiny had expanded the United States from the Atlantic to the Pacific, but there was nothing to connect the people in the East to those in the West. America needed to build its railroads and infrastructure quickly to accommodate all of those who now inhabited the West. Use the tool below to learn what they accomplished in just a short time.

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This activity can be found in our American History B course

Course details:

The second half of a detailed two-year survey of the history of the United States, this course takes students from the westward movement of the late 1800s to the present. Lessons integrate topics in geography, civics, and economics. Building on the award-winning series A History of US, the course guides students through critical episodes in the story of America. Students examine the impact of the settlement of the American West; investigate the social, political, and economic changes that resulted from industrialization; explore the changing role of the U.S. in international affairs from the late 19th century through the end of the Cold War; and trace major events and trends in the United States from the Cold War through the first decade of the twenty-first century.

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