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The West
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Railroads and ranchers, rabble-rousers and racists populate America's frontiers and displace Native Americans from their homelands. Feminists gain the right to vote, while farmers organize and the Populist Party forms.
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The West in the late 1800s.


Statehood in the West.


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The United States used a variety of devices to conquer the West.  Aside from military might, the nation employed transportation systems and technologies, the power of government to bound territory and bestow land, and the promise of expanded freedom to bring more and more settlers into the land it claimed.

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