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SS8 Settlement of the West: Middle School Home

This is a collection of resources relevant to the 8th grade "Settlement of the West" project.

General Resources for Research

  • Library of Congress
    Great resources for primary sources: documents, maps, recording, prints & photographs, newspapers, etc.
  • PBS The West
    Companion website to a Western Expansion documentary video
  • Westward Expansion Facts
    Transcontinental Railroad
    Homestead Act
    The Sand Creek Massacre

Databases & Encyclopedia for Research

Overview of Westward Expansion

Resources by Topic

Settlers & Populism




Cowboys & Ranchers

Native Americans


Check out these eBooks on Westward Expansion


Sample Book Resources

Search the library catalog for many more!


Citation Tools