A Look at the Westward Expansion in the Post-Civil War Era

463 WordsFeb 23, 20182 Pages
History is like a die. It can have a small or large number of sides, but it can never have just one. Regarding the United States Westward Expansion in the Post-Civil War era, there were many sides to be taken into account, including (but not limited to) the Apache Indians, the US Government workers and soldiers, the American Elite, journalists, and scholars. How historians and others perceive this era is dependent on the primary sources available. By looking at sources such as Apache Chief Geronimo’s Story of His Life, Harvard Educated Ranch Manager Richard Trimble’s Letters to his Mother, and Financial Editor H.D. Lloyd’s “Story of a Great Monopoly”, one can unearth little nuggets of information that help determine how the process of incorporation affected large and diverse groups of people. When the United States began its Westward Expansion in the second half of the 19th century, many Native American Chiefs lost much more than they gained. The first time that Apache Chief Geronimo ever saw white men was about 1858, shortly after the massacre of “Kaskiyeh”. Although he was a warrior, he was not interested in killing every white soldier or settler that he came across. Instead, his initial attitude towards the white soldiers and settlers was stated on page 117 of his autobiography as, “The Indians always tried to live peaceably with the white soldiers and settlers.” (117) This statement, along with a few others in the autobiography such as “Then we made our camp near
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