Entry 1: Chapter 16 America's Gilded Age, 1870-1890
When Americans started trekking towards the west coast, they destroyed Nomadic Indian
Life. They killed the animals that the indigenous peoples needed for food, the bison population
of North America declined rapidly. The federal government introduces tribal reservations, they
systematically herded the native Indians into these specific areas and destroyed their homes.
They were forced to change their entire way of life. The natives used to be very agricultural
people and they had the land to be so, but now they don’t have the land to grow the food they
used to be capable of. This caused mass fighting between both the Americans and the natives.
There were massacres of those who refused to move to reservations. The only way the US could
solve these issues of violence were to sign treaties for peace with the native people.
Entry 2: Chapter 17 Freedom's Boundaries, at Home and abroad, 1890-1900
In the late 19th century, the farmers began to revolt, they didn’t want to face the economy
in its current state of disarray. They were looking at increased economic insecurity and
instability for farmers in the US. If they continued growing food s they were, there would be no
telling how they would do financially. The market prices for crops were fluctuating heavily so
there was wild instability in the farming market. Nobody wanted to be a farmer in those
conditions so many of them revolted. They aimed to improve farming conditions by forming the
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