Comic Book Pt.2
Updated: 12/10/2019
Comic Book Pt.2
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Storyboard Description

How did the growth of the western population and innovations in farming and ranching impact the Plains Indians. How did the Plains Indians resist?

Storyboard Text

  • Railroads made it easier for people to move to the west (Transcontinental Railroad 1869)Government gave land grants to RRs
  • Barbed wire: to prevent animals from trampling crops & wandering offReaper: by speeding up harvesting, the reaper saved crops from inclement weatherSteel plow: made planting more efficient in root-filled soilSteel windmill: in regions of unpredictable rainfall, the windmill prevented crop dehydration by bringing up underground water for irrigation
  • Signed by Lincoln; opened land for white settlement west of the Mississippi River Offered 160 acres of land free to any citizen who was head of their household
  • From 1862 to 1900, around 600,000 families took advantage of the deal In 1889 a land giveaway in what is now Oklahoma attracted thousands
  • Technological advances were invented to make the process easier and encouraged more Americans to make the move west: Establishing a homestead was very challenging work & farming a prairie each year was even more difficult.
  • Lifestyle of the Plains Indians is threatened. Indian tribes were nomadic because they followed herds of buffalo. It provided meat, skins for tepees, clothing, bones and horns for tools & bowls, buffalo “chips” for fuel-everything that was able to be used, was used by the Native Americans- the buffalo was sacred to them
  • Buffalo was important to life because they provided: meat for food, hides for shelter & clothing, and bone for tools. Settlers destroy buffalo population from 15 million in 1865 to 600 in 1886
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