Go West, Young Man!

October 11, 2019

The American History class has been studying the reasons why the American Pioneers wanted to go west. Pioneer settlers were sometimes pushed west because they couldn't find good jobs that paid enough. Others had trouble finding land to farm. With more and more people from Europe moving into the eastern states, crowding was sometimes a problem. Still others wanted to move from their homes in the east because they didn't like the new industries and the developing cities. Pioneer settlers were sometimes pulled west because they wanted to make a better living. The biggest factor that pulled pioneers west was the opportunity to buy land. Pioneers could purchase land for a small price compared to what it cost in states to the east.

While studying this unit on moving west, one of the students’ tasks was to create a creative poster that's purpose was to attract others to join us on the journey out West. Their poster was to be an advertisement on why a person should move West. They were to give special emphasis on making it eye-catching, colorful, creative, and have a catchy slogan. Some did their advertisements on posterboard, others used technology to make a slide presentation. The students were creative and presented many different ideas.