San Jose State University History Essay

Section 2: Essay Question

The history of westward expansion in the nineteenth century has often been presented in the past as the glorious march of white settlers across the American continent.  Yet, by pivoting the center historians have shown that this expansion brought settlers into conflict with various diverse groups.  What conflicts are exposed when we look at this period from the perspective of different actors, like Native Americans, African American slaves, Mexicans, and Chinese immigrants?  Did westwards expansion create any coalitions between these groups, or create more conflict and division? 

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