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Westward Expansion | American History Teaching Resources

Westward Expansion | American History Teaching Resources

The West calls up strong images and powerful stories in United States history and literature. Take a deeper look into some of the ways Americans expanded their nation westward with the resources below.

Dave Raymond covers Westward Expansion in Lesson 18 of his American History video curriculum.

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