Western Expansion

American Progress by John Gast, 1872. Digital copy available at http://www.loc.gov/pictures/item/97507547/ via the Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division, Washington, DC

How did leading American thinkers(such as artists, intellectuals, religious and government leaders)justify America’s westward expansion in the 19 century?

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This lesson includes a number of strategies designed to improve student reading comprehension, writing ability, and critical thinking, such as the ability to cite specific textual evidence to support analysis, to integrate visual information with print and visual texts, and writing explanations.It also supports the development of interpretative and productive English Language development.