The Impact Of The Westward Expansion On Women And African Americans

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The Impact of the Westward Expansion on Women and African Americans
The Westward Expansion started prior to The Revolutionary War, settlers were migrating westward to what states are now modern day Kentucky and Tennessee in hopes for a fruitful life and larger job opportunity. This Westward Expansion was aided through the Louisiana purchase in 1803, in which the United States purchased territory from France, resulting in doubling in size of the country. This Louisiana purchase was stretched from the Mississippi River to the eastern Rocky Mountains in the west and from the Gulf of Mexico all the way to the south of the Canadian border in the north. In result of the Westward Expansion , families would pick up and walk as far west as
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They had the burdens of traveling while pregnant and childbearing as well as the rituals of attending to the sick and dying and the caring of infants and the caring and irritable children. Women also felt themselves in antagonistic relationship with them but more often than not when they maintain their silence. This is expressed in this journal account written by Miriam Davis, “ I have cooked so much out in the hot sun and smoke, I hardly know who I am, and when I look into the little Looking Glass I ask “ can this be me?” Put a blanket over my head and I would pass well for an Osage squaw.” The Westward Expansion was the leading outlet for women to try to break the stereotype of domestic femininity. Proving yet the strength and courage women have always had.

African Americans were among the many minorities looking for a brighter future through the Westward Expansion, fighting the ideal of slavery at every turn made that problematic. African Americans like whites, were seeking a fitter life after the Westward Expansion. Seeking homes, a better place to work , and a better place to foster a family. The western frontier carried much of the slavery in the Westward Expansion. Slavery was carried into the South West into Mississippi crossing the Mississippi River into Louisiana, finally going into Texas. Slavery
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