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The Vanishing Frontier


Looking for more information on a specific time period or literary movement? Use the Historical Background Links below to find online maps and timelines, take virtual museum tours, read primary source documents, and more.

New Perspectives on the West http://www.pbs.org/ weta/ thewest/ resources/ archives/ six/
Part of a companion Web site to a PBS series on the West, this section is filled with documents and images, including an eyewitness account of the Battle of Little Bighorn, speeches by Chief Joseph, and photographs of General George Custer.

Westward Expansion Tour http://www.nps.gov/ jeff/ expansion_museum.html
Explore the world of Native Americans and the pioneers who traveled across the Great Plains to California and Oregon in the mid-1800s. This excellent Web site from the National Park Service offers a virtual tour, time line, glossary, audio clips, and much more.

The U.S.–Mexican War http://www.pbs.org/ kera/ usmexicanwar/ index_flash.html
This excellent PBS site focuses on the history and issues surrounding the U.S.–Mexican War (1846–1848). Distinguished scholars, historians, and writers share their perspectives on and understanding of a war that changed the American frontier. The site is offered in both English and Spanish.

Carlisle Indian Industrial School http://home.epix.net/ ~landis/ main.html
This site explores the history of the Carlisle Indian Industrial School in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, from 1879–1918, and examines how Native American children were assimilated into school life.

Oregon Trail History http://www.endoftheoregontrail.org/ histhome.html
A menu of topics about the Oregon Trail, including biographical sketches, essays, a diagram, time lines, journals, and frequently asked questions (FAQs) about its history.

The Age of Imperialism http://www.smplanet.com/ imperialism/ toc.html
This site traces the age of imperialism and features information about the Spanish-American War, the Boxer Rebellion, and U.S. intervention in Latin America. Includes links to biographies of influential figures, interactive maps, time lines, and primary sources.

Buffalo Soldiers on the Western Frontier http://www.imh.org/ imh/ buf/ buftoc.html
From the International Museum of the Horse, an exhibit dedicated to the Buffalo Soldiers on the western frontier. Describes the daily life of the soldiers and provides a historical overview of the 9th and 10th Cavalries, the first peace-time African-American units.