NPS Primary Theme: With Federal resources focused on waging the war farther east, both native tribes and the Confederacy attempted to claim (in the Indians’ case, reclaim) lands west of the Mississippi. The Federal government responded with measures (Homestead Act, transcontinental railroad) and military campaigns designed to encourage settlement, solidify Union control of the trans-Mississippi West, and further marginalize the physical and cultural presence of tribes native to the West.
NPS Secondary Theme: The Confederate aspirations to establish a foothold in the West ended with defeat at Glorietta Pass in New Mexico.
NOTE: Please use the comments section below to chronicle your progress with this theme throughout the remaining weeks of the course. Begin by outlining how your group decided to work with the theme (e.g., assigning one theme to one person or dividing themes up between team members) and then outline in detail, at least once each week, the work that you have done toward crafting your three podcast proposals.