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Robert Kennedy's United States History Class

The West: Place and Process

In a 6-10 paragraph essay, respond to the following. Be sure to include in your discussion all the of the Learning Objectives:


Define the word frontier and discuss the significance of the frontier in American History. In your discussion, give examples of both the LANDED FRONTIER AND THE INDUSTRIAL FRONTIER. Also, show how they laid a foundation for the values of today’s society. Discuss the role of cultural and military conflicts as well as the historical pattern of the relations between the white man and the Native Americans.

(at least one paragraph)

A brief discussion looking at the significance of the frontier in American History. Be sure to be able to identify the SIX major values that come from the experience of the frontier.

Lecture: LO I

LO I Notes


Learning Objective II:


What were the two types of frontiers and what were their stages?


(at least one paragraph)

LO II Lecture

LO II Note


Learning Objective III:


What makes the development of American institutions and values unique.


(at least one paragraph)

Lecture LO III

LO III Notes


Learning Objective IV

(at least two paragraphs)


Part One:


Discuss the problem of defining and maintaining an identity for the Native American in the United States and the SEVEN historical patterns that demonstrate the historical relationship between the white man and Native Americans.

Part Two:


Listen to this radio story of how Native Americans through the Carlisle Indian School were attempted to be assimilated into the dominate American culture through American Football.  

Part Two

LO IV Notes


Tom Torlino, a Navajo student at the Carlisle Indian School, 1882

Tom Torlino, 1885

Learning Objective V :


After reading the linked article below and define, compare, and contrast the concepts of "the west" as a "place" and as a "process":

Required Reading for LO V

Learning Objective VI: 

After reading the following primary documents, viewing the documentary, and viewing the final scene of "Soldier Blue", identify specific AT LEAST seven examples of the seven historical patterns. Also identify how the Sand Creek Massacre could be viewed as the West as "place" and a "process". Finally, are there any discrepancies between the three sources? If so, what would account for such discrepancies between a primary document, a documentary, and a film?   

The Sand Creek Massacre - 8 Hours that changed the Great Plains forever


The Sand Creek Massacre: profound, symbolic, spiritual, controversial, a site unlike any other in America.


As 675 cavalrymen came around a prairie bend, the camps of Chiefs Black Kettle, White Antelope, and Left Hand lay in the valley before them. Chaotic, horrific, tumultuous, and bloody, the events of November 29, 1864 changed the course of history.




Historical Events Depicted in Film

Note: the notes and powerpoint are very helpful but will not replace the content of the lectures. They are to be used complimentary.

Feel Free to use the following links to supplement your essays.


You may use examples from the following links to help you respond to the lecture essays, but do be sure the structure and most of the content comes from the lectures, the notes, and any assigned reading.

Chapter Five