Please write about your new understanding of the American westward movement in about 200-300 words. Your writing should cover the following points:
brief summary of the American westward movement (time duration, areas, people involved, and changes of these places, etc.)
your new understanding of this movement (main feaures of the west, significance, etc.) as compared with your orinigal understanding and knowledge.
The westward movement started in the late 18th century and ended in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. In the beginning, the US only had 13 states. But in 1890 the U.S. Government announced that western lands have been explored.
Thomas Jefferson negotiated a treaty with France in which the US paid 15 million dollars for the Louisiana Territory, which was a terrible colony in Napoleon’s mind. Also, this piece of land is over 20% part of the US territory today. And after Louisiana Purchase comes the Mexican War and Indian Removal. Then in 1849, around 90,000 “Forty-niners” move to California to find gold.
In my perspective, the westward expansion is a total resource grab mixed with blood and tears of innocent. A huge race of people became extinct as a result. Additionally, what shocked me most is President Lincoln ordered the hanging of 38 chiefs of the Dakota Sioux speaking tribes of Minnesota’s Mankato Territory in 1862. The majority of those hanged were clergy and political leaders of their tribes. None of the chiefs had committed the crimes for which they had been accused by the United States Government, which means President Lincoln had deliberately carried out the largest unjust executions in United States history. The nature of American looters is exposed, and the cold-blooded, profit-driven nature of American politicians is also evident.
As for the American settlers, the westward movement speeds up their development. Maybe it is too cruel to say so. But indeed, American settlers benefit a lot from the expansion. The only thing we could do is making a complaint against non-humanitarian. Dramatically, the US and western media accused our country of non-humanitarian during this year’s pandemic，which means they know exactly what they did is not appropriate. There is a saying goes “Be Strict with yourself and lenient with others”, what they did is totally opposite.