Dramatic population growth and movement, as well as new technology, brought both opportunities and uncertainties to the people of the new republic. Americans responded to the changes with growing confidence in material progress and religious salvation.
In the early 1800s, the culture, religion, and social practices of Americans adapted to meet the challenges of a new and growing nation.
Using the links below, research census data from the 1800s to learn about the population of the United States during this period. Based on your information, select a group of people such as the number of males 16–25 years of age and chart data for this group over 50 years. Write a brief summary of what your chart indicates about America's population during the 1800s.
In the early years of the republic, many people traveled west over the Appalachians to settle in the Ohio and Mississippi valleys. Later, settlers would cross the continent to the Great Salt Lake and the Pacific Coast.
Using the links below, read firsthand accounts of Americans traveling to the West. From the experiences written about in the documents you have read, write a one-act play based on life on the trail or life in the West.
The migration of Spaniards from central Mexico and settlers from the United States into the Great Plains, California, and the Rio Grande Valley led to economic and political changes.
Using the links below, visit the Alamo, site of one of the most famous battles in American history. After completing your exploration of the Alamo, summarize your visit in a brief report.