In today’s media, the West in the 19th-early 20th century is sensationalized into an uncivilized place driven by chaos and run by criminals. Is this an accurate portrayal or are they just Wild West myths? The truth is the West was made up of people just trying to get by. They had their hardships but everyone has obstacles, even today. In this interactive activity review statements about life in the ‘wild’ west and determine if they are fact or fiction.
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.