Transportation, Economic Growth,
and Indian Wars and Policies (1850s - 1870s)
- How did the railroad surveys and the rapid economic growth and development
of our region contribute to the Indian wars discussed in Week Twelve?
Did the surveys and development make the wars "inevitable," or was
there always a peaceful option if only people had seen it?
- In what ways might the "boom-time" mentality, and the sense of limitless
space have helped to establish long-term patterns of relationship between
immigrants and Indians, and between immigrants and their environment?
- How were the outside influences of government and technology felt
in the Northwest region? Professor Fritz has described the West as "under-capitalized"
and as an "economic colony" of the East. And the general assumption
is that change happens in the eastern cities first, and then flows out
into the hinterland. Have you found any exceptions to this general rule
- instances in which the implied hierarchy of the relationship between
the East and the West is inverted?
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