Throughout the 1800s, Americans pushed ever westward in the search of prosperity and the American dream. It was a time of growth and adventure for settlers, and loss for most American Indians.
Manifest Destiny, I Do Believe
In this letter, missionary and pioneer Cordelia writes of her bold plans to travel west and "civilize" the Indians.
From Resistance to Reservations
This informational text details the final conflicts of the 300 years of warfare between native peoples and Anglo-Americans, and the devastating effects that these conflicts have had on Native Americans.
This informational article discusses the process of traveling to the American west as a pioneer during the 19th century.
Lewis and Clark: American Explorers
This informational text describes explorers Lewis and Clark’s 1804 journey around the western United States.
In the 19th and early 20th centuries, American settlers believed it was their destiny to conquer new regions of the continent—whatever the cost.
How Native Students Can Succeed In College: 'Be As Tough As The Land That Made You'
This informational text discusses the obstacles Native American teenagers face when applying for college and how a program called College Horizons helps.
Excerpts from Roughing It
Twain recounts his time looking for work in the West in this semi-autobiographical, comic travelogue.