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(1829-1859) Expansion & Reform


Amistad Trials 1839-1840: Famous American Trials
"The improbable voyage of the schooner Amistad, and the court proceedings and diplomatic maneuverings that resulted from that voyage, form one of the most significant stories of the nineteenth century." University of Missouri-Kansas City.
California's Untold Stories: GOLDRUSH!
"On January 24, 1848 James Marshall discovered gold at Sutter's Mill, touching off the California goldrush." This colorful and wide ranging website is based upon a series of exhibits held at the Oakland Museum in 1998. The illustrations are lavish and the coverage is impressive. Note especially the pages on natives and immigrants, African-Americans, and the multimedia "Stories of the Lure & the Legacy." Curriculum materials are also provided.
Democracy in America: Alexis De Tocqueville
University of Virginia presentation aims "to construct a virtual American ca. 1831-32". The website now contains a virtual tour of America based on Tocqueville's itinerary, on his and his friend Beaumont's letters and journals, on contemporaneous accounts of other foreign visitors, and on a variety on examples of material culture of the period, mostly paintings and engravings. It also holds explorations of Womens' Place at the time, of attitudes toward race and color, towards religion, and towards everyday life."
Secession Era Editorials Project
Furman University designed this offering of important documents from the Early National period. Highlights include Andrew Jackson's Bank Veto message, Henry Clay's Bank veto speech, and numerous documents concerning slavery and women's rights.
Trails to Utah and the Pacific
Incorporating diaries, letters, map, photographs and illustrations from archival  institutions in Utah, Nevada and Idaho, this collection tells the stories of Mormon  pioneer families and others who were part of the movement westward from 1846- 1869.

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