As much of the focus this week is on transportation, Tribal Perspectives presents a streaming video on the types of travel in Montana prior to the introduction of engineered roads. We hope this presentation will help you consider the things that might have influenced transportation within distinct areas.
In People we present three images that illustrate how the idea of Manifest Destiny was used to promote and conceptualize western settlement. We've included excerpts from Francis Parkman's The Oregon Trail as a counterweight to stereotypical images of western settlement. The People who Change History page this week marks a departure from earlier weeks. We've simply listed the names of people who were prominent during this time period, and leave it to you to look into them further if you wish.
The Research page provides a number of resources to help you find information about historic trails. We've also highlighted websites that feature lesson plans that may help you approach this material in the classroom.