Settlers- Conflict and Survival in the American West

Ref: C2226715

Discover the different groups of people that travelled to the Far West in 19th Century America and the reasons they went. Learn about the Lewis and Clark expedition and how it brought back valuable information for the opening up of the Far West. Understand the ways the Mountain Men were able to survive in the Rocky Mountains and how the Mormons flourished in the settlement at Salt Lake City both in very difficult conditions. Explore what life was like for the Pioneers and Mormons on their journeys across the Plains and the ways they dealt with the problems they faced. Assess the difficulties of settlement on the Plains for the Homesteaders and Cattlemen and the solutions they found, as well as the conflict between these two groups. Consider the experience of the California Gold Rush and the flood of settlers it brought to the Far West. Please note this is an introductory course aimed at beginners and is not suitable for students with an already detailed knowledge of the subject.

Additional information about this course

Half term break on 19/02/2020

Course aim

To investigate the problems faced by the Mountain Men, Pioneers, Forty-Niners, Mormons, Homesteaders and Cattlemen in trying to cross or survive on the Plains in 19th Century America and the ways and extent to which they solved these difficulties.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for beginners

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Explain the reasons why the different settler groups travelled through or to the Far West.
  • Identify the ways in which the terrain of the Far West was difficult for the settlers to cross.
  • Describe the ways in which the Mormons were able to facilitate more settlers crossing the Plains to settle at Salt Lake City.
  • Identify the problems the Homesteaders faced in settling on the Great Plains and the extent to which they solved them.
  • Describe aspects of daily life in the Far West settlements such as food, setting up a home and employment.

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning
  • You may be asked to undertake additional work in your own time to support your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning
  • There will be a number of tasks appropriate to your course such as written work, creating art or craft, video, photography or small projects. Some of these may be marked to help you progress

What else do I need to know?

  • You will also need access to the internet outside of your sessions. You could do this using a smart phone, tablet, laptop or a desktop computer (at home or through a library etc.).

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider

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Settlers- Conflict and Survival in the American West

Enrolment Conditions

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  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
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  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2019
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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