Table of Contents: Defining Documents in American History: The American West (1836–1900)

The Contents of Defining Documents in American History: The American West (1836–1900)

Publisher’s Note

Editor’s Introduction



Shifting Borders

On Texas Independence

A Foreigner in My Own Land

Mexican Denunciations of the United States

The Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo

On Seizing Land from Native Californians

Walt Whitman: The Spanish Element in Our Nationality

Westward Movement

The Fremont Expedition Across the Sierra Nevada Range

Across the Plains in 1844

Donner Party Diary

The Discovery of Gold in California

A Woman’s Trip Across the Plains

Observations Regarding the Transcontinental Railroad

The Rush to Oklahoma

Mormon Disavowal of Plural Marriage

Indian Wars and Woes

Accounts of the Sand Creek Massacre

Status Report on the Condition of the Navajos

Trouble on the Paiute Reservation

Treaty of Fort Laramie

Accounts of the Battle of Little Bighorn

Speech by Chief Joseph on a Visit to Washington, DC

President Chester Arthur: Indian Policy Reform

The Surrender of Geronimo

Dawes Act

Wovoka: The Messiah Letter

The Ghost Dance Among the Lakota

Eyewitness to the Massacre at Wounded Knee

Lakota Accounts of the Massacre at Wounded Knee

Asian American Affairs

A Chinese American Protest

People v. Hall

Chinese Exclusion Act

Cowboys and Outlaws

On Being a Pony Express Rider

Jesse James in His Own Defense

On Billy the Kid

Shootout at the O.K. Corral

Theodore Roosevelt in Cowboy-Land

A Scout with the Buffalo Soldiers

Environmental Actions

The Alaska Purchase

From Canyons of the Colorado

The Establishment of Yellowstone National Park

The Extermination of the American Bison

Features of the Proposed Yosemite National Park

Letters to John Muir

Beyond the West

Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show

The Significance of the Frontier in American History

The March of the Flag


Chronological List

Web Resources