Write a 500 word essay based on one of the writing prompts below, citing the Hine & Faragher text at least 5 times. Your citation should come from a broad range of pages within Hine & Faragher, not merely one or two pages near each other.

  • Choose a place from this lesson’s readings. Discuss the importance of this place on the period and regions covered in this lesson. Was this place a site of conflict? If so, were people fighting for control of it, or was it merely where opposing sides happened to encounter one another? Was this place a site of exchange of goods and ideas? Why does this place matter in the scheme of the History of the American West?
    • For example, if the Black Hills were in this lesson’s readings, you might examine what the Black Hills meant to various parties. Why did people want to control them or to have access to them? You might explore how conflicts over the Black Hills led to other conflicts. How did the loss of the Hills by one group and the gain of the Hills by another affect their cultures? Landscape has tremendous power in American identity, particularly Western landscapes. Later in the course, a particular place as a factor in local or national identity would be interesting to pursue. (Yellowstone and Yosemite, for example)

    As you write, think in terms of cause and effect, explaining why things happened as they did. Why did people do what they did? Make an argument and back it up with evidence. You may use the primary sources to bolster your essay. Just be sure that at least 5 of your citations come from a broad range of pages from Hine & Faragher. Citation: Use of evidence from Hine & Faragher is worth up to 40% of the score. Citation can be simple parenthetical citations. I simply need to be able to find what you are citing. For example, the following provide the textbook’s author and the page number. This is sufficient:

    • (Hine & Faragher, 16)
    • (Hine & Faragher, 25)

    If you are citing outside sources that I have not assigned, please provide a link at the bottom of the page, along with a title that matches the citation. And cite only credible websites. For a quick reference to determining site credibility, see:

    If you wish to explore the US-Dakota War, which is covered only briefly in our textbook, you are welcome to use the book I translated. It is an open access book and is available for free here: Skarstein, The War with the Sioux (The Digital Press @ UND, 2015).
    Always quote any words that are taken verbatim (word for word) from Hine & Faragher or anyone else in order to prevent plagiarism. Citations go within the essay immediately after the sentence they support. For example, I might say:

    • The Civil War had a dramatic effect on the West in many ways, including an outward migration of African Americans from the South. (Hine & Faragher, 370-373) For example, Hine & Faragher describe “yet another mass exodus to the western promised land” in 1879 when free black Americans moved to western lands. (Hine & Faragher, 370-371)

    This is a formal essay. Formality means that you should write in the third person. You may use first person for the Primary Source Essay, but the Textbook Essay is more formal affair. Spell words out completely so that there are no contractions. For example, write “would not” rather than “wouldn’t.” Use proper grammar, and avoid informal terms such as “cool” or “crazy.” Remember:

    • 500 words
    • Cite the Hine & Faragher text at least 5 times.
    • Cite from a broad range of pages in Hine & Faragher, not from only a few of pages right next to each other.
    • Connect events, movements, innovations, etc. by showing cause and effect, explaining why people did what they did.

    BOOK LINK: https://books.google.com/books?id=xuLSxbn7DSUC&pri… (PAGES 133-153)