Chapter 7 - Life in the New Nation, 1783-1850

Summary

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.

Chapter Outline

Section 1: Cultural, Social, and Religious Life

In the early 1800s, the culture, religion, and social practices of Americans adapted to meet the challenges of a new and growing nation.

Section 1: Creating a Graph: Census Data of the 1800s

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.
United States Historical Census Data Browser
Selected Historical Decennial Census

Section 2: Trails to the West

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.

Section 2: Writing a One-Act Play: Traveling West

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.
Women on the Oregon Trail
Diaries, Narratives, and Letters of the Mountain Men

Section 3: The Great Plains and the Southwest

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.

Section 3: Virtual Field Trip: The Alamo

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.
The Alamo
Alamo History
The Evolution of the Alamo
The Battle of the Alamo
Battle of the Alamo

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