HST 201 Module #10
Module Ten: Indian Removal
Welcome to HST 201 Module Ten! We are looking at the growing tensions between the federal government and Native Americans.
Rule Ten for history might ruffle some feathers. Remember that perception is more important than reality. Before you report me as some doublespeak Big Brother agent, look at the current world we live in. The Age of Information never promised to be useful information, let alone accurate information. Social media is riddled with half-truths, pretenses, manipulated numbers, and flat out lies. This is to be expected, mainly when we accept that human beings are all emotional beings. And emotions can subdue logic often quickly and effortlessly. If you want to believe an election was stolen, you will. But one does not have to go far in history to see events veiled in fabrication that swayed public opinion. There are almost no cases in which the United States has been to War that hasn't been more fiction than fact. Whether you choose to believe in systemic racism or the presence of "weapons of mass destruction," history does not bother with these things.
So, if we can manipulate the outcomes of our future, can we predict what happens next?
My classes utilize both Howard Zinn's Patriot's History of the United States and Larry Schweikart's Patriot's History of the United States, mostly in excerpts posted to the modules. You can access the full text of People's History or Patriot's History by clicking on the links.
Forum Discussion #11
The Oregon Trail is a 2,170-mile historic East–West, large-wheeled wagon route and emigrant trail in the United States that connected the Missouri River to valleys in Oregon. The eastern part of the Oregon Trail spanned part of the future state of Kansas, and nearly all of what are now the states of Nebraska and Wyoming. The western half of the trail spanned most of the future states of Idaho and Oregon. The Oregon Trail is also a text-based strategy video game. It was developed as a computer game to teach schoolchildren about the realities of 19th-century pioneer life on the Oregon Trail. In the game, the player assumes the role of a wagon leader guiding a party of settlers from Independence, Missouri, to Oregon City, Oregon via a covered wagon in 1847. Along the way, the player must purchase supplies, hunt for food, and make choices on how to proceed along the trail while encountering random events such as storms and wagon breakdowns.
Do some research and please answer the following question with a two-paragraph minimum:
Play a round of Oregon Trail (browser version can be found HERE) When finished, compare and contrast the game and the actual Oregon Trail for historical accuracies.
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