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Westward Expansion Analysis

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In the book, “There is No True History of the Westward Expansion,” Robert Morgan claims that history is not just made up of a few heroes and villains, and that average citizens are to be responsible for Westward Expansion. He gives his reasonings and beliefs as to why he claims what he believes. Morgan starts off by talking about a play. The play is something men, during Westward Expansion, could escape to. They would watch these plays and be able to laugh during the hard times of Expansion. The men believed that expanding was something they had to do, and not because they were told it needed to be done. This claim is better than the claims of Chief Joseph, Robert Frost, and N. Scott Momaday. Chief Joseph, the author of “Chief…show more content…
Scott Momaday wrote about how the natives traveled all over land to find one's sense of self. They took a journey every year through wastelands and over mountains. Momaday shows a great appreciation for the land and the resources it brought to them. Average class men, or the natives, spread their ideas and culture. This shines light on Morgan's claim about average class men supported Westward Expansion, just like Robert Frost's poem. As for these three writers, they show how Morgan's claims are the same as theirs. Chief Joseph's shows that not everyone in history is a hero by going to the government and then given no help. Robert Frost shows that average class men wanted Westward Expansion because the colonials brought the idea of expanding, and the natives did not know any better. Along with Frost's poem, Momaday talks about the natives sense of land and expansion they did but taking their journey to find themselves mentally, physically, and spiritually. Robert Morgan's claims that history is not just made up of heroes and villains, and that's the average citizens are to be responsible for Westward Expansion go against the claims of Chief Joseph, Robert Frost, and N. Scott Momaday. Morgans writings back up his claims and what he
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