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  Unit 5: Life in a Growing Nation

Liberty and Limits: "The Federalist" Idea 200 Years Later
How has federalism impacted American life and politics? What forces affected the issue of federalism? Visit this fantastic site to trace federalism from its beginnings in our Constitution to today. This online resource offers background information, stories of federalism in action, primary source texts, commentary from leading politicians and experts, and a forum where you can debate issues.

Exploring the West from Monticello
Check out the primary source maps and journals at this site that chronicle the explorations of North America from Columbus to Lewis and Clark.

Go West Across America with Lewis & Clark
Team up with Lewis & Clark and the Corps of Discovery for the expedition of a lifetime. You'll face wild rivers, rugged mountains, and more as you explore and map the vast continent in this interactive adventure from National Geographic.

Lewis & Clark: The Journey of the Corps of Discovery
Check out this fantastic site on Lewis & Clark's famous journey. Created as a companion to Ken Burns' film on Lewis and Clark, this site provides interactive maps, timelines, primary source journals, descriptions, audio, and photographs that make the journey come alive. You step back in time with the help of biographical sketches, accounts of life, society, and politics in the early 1800s, facts about the expedition, and information on Native Americans. You can also hear opinions from leading scholars on different questions about the journey. Best of all, you can experience the journey yourself with Into the Unknown, an interactive, fictional story that puts you in charge of the expedition.

Annexation of Texas Timeline
This site, maintained by the Texas State Library, presents a timeline of the principal events related to the annexation of Texas. Students can follow events, beginning in 1836 with the Texas Declaration of Independence from Mexico, and ending in 1846 with the governor of Texas taking the oath of office. The site also includes a list of the key players in the annexation of Texas.

The Oregon Trail
Check out this site full of facts and photographs on the Oregon Trail. You can visit over 20 historic sites along the trail, learn "Fantastic Facts," and read about famous explorers, buffalo hunts, camping, Native Americans, hardships, and more.

The Gold Rush
Learn about the trials and triumphs of the gold rush era and the impact of the westward movement on America. This site contains photographs, descriptions, fun facts, and resources such as quizzes, activities, and links that complement the PBS documentary "The Gold Rush."

Gold Rush! California's Untold Stories
This interactive exhibit from the Oakland Museum of California offers narrated slide shows, images, primary sources, and background information on the discovery of gold in California and its impact.


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