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1850-1874 Native Americans and Settlers

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Did Western settlers receiving free land from the Homestead Act realize it wasn't really free at all? Scholars investigate the impact Western expansion had on Native American culture in the mid-1800s. They use documents, timelines, and photographic evidence to uncover life of Native Americans in the plains and the effect legislation, such as the Kansas-Nebraska Act, had on that life. Class members use their new knowledge to create essay responses showing their understanding.

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CCSS: Adaptable
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