• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

American West

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

1. Describe the problems of living in a newly set up town in the West: The problems of living in a newly set up town in the west, were caused partly because of the speed of which these towns grew up. This caused disruption of systems, which had developed in the east. Systems needed to be quickly set up to prevent law and order problems Living in the west was difficult. People were faced with a different problem each day, which made it difficult to set up home there. People setting up home in the new towns were literally stating from scratch, there was nothing there to start with. The areas that were allocated to build a town upon were totally secluded, other cities and towns were a long distance away. This could be the cause of many problems which will be described For starters the in the west there was public domain, which meant that everybody had the right to settle anywhere this caused competition and confrontations amongst civilians, but looking beyond this when the towns were set up people were faced with more problems. ...read more.

Middle

Vigilantism was allowed to grow and outside interference was prevented. By encouraging vigilantism more tension was created which resulted in more crimes. Geographical factors include that the West was a vast area and transport was very slow meaning it was difficult to enforce law and order, and there were no enforced boundaries meaning that there were no specific areas of jurisdiction. As herds of cattle roamed freely on the ranged they were an easy target for rustlers. Most mining camps grew up on isolated mountain regions on the far edge of vast and thinly administered federal territories. Sometimes, therefore, it was a long time before any federal officials or lawman reached the camp. The most well know crime that occurred in mining towns was claim jumping which was when late arrivals to mining sites tried to steal land other's had already claimed. Political factors include that, as there was no money spent there was a shortage of reliable law-enforcement officers. There were many different ethnic groups there were many racial differences, plus no one was willing to forget the events of the civil war. ...read more.

Conclusion

In San Francisco alone it is estimated that there were 10,000 prostitutes in the 1880's. However some women did a lot to help in new towns on the west. They campaigned for curbs on alcohol that was wrecking many families and even managed to persuade Kansas to introduce prohibition in 1860. They also helped to change the value and attitudes of people in the West playing a vital role in educating children and setting up churches and persuading their men to attend. The woman were particularly kind, leaving their own work to care for those who were ill. This shows the role they played in health and care. Also lack of community facilities stepped ordinary settlers, of which women were often leaders. Both vigilantes and women played an important part in the new towns of the West. They both caused problems and solved them but I think that women were more influential in solving problems than vigilantes. All that vigilantes prevented was lawlessness and violence and come loss of money from the state. However women helped prevent lawlessness and violence by introducing new moral codes and they also prevented town ceasing to function as they ran important business while men were working. ?? ?? ?? ?? Katja Rackin GCSE History Coursework ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE History Projects section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE History Projects essays

  1. Marked by a teacher

    Describe the problems of living in a newly set up town in the West.

    4 star(s)

    Some of the problems were caused by the values and attitudes of the people in the West. The primitive code of honour adopted by most inhabitants of the west encouraged the use of guns. Vigilantism was allowed to grow and outside interference was prevented.

  2. 'Law and Order in the American West'

    The act allowed 160 acres of free land to each family provided they resided on it and cultivated it for five years. The Timber Culture Act of 1873: To encourage the growth of settlements as well as tree raising this act was passed stating that families could claim an extra

  1. To what extent was slavery the key cause of the American Civil War?

    This was due to western expansion, immigration and urbanisation. By 1859 the north had twice as much railway track and skilled workforce. The north wasn't any more egalitarian than the south. Around 1850 the wealthiest 10% of northerners owned 68% of the wealth. But it was much more industrial, between 1800 and 1860 the percentage of labour force in

  2. Roosevelt's New Deal

    There are quite a number of differences between the sources which show the reader that they both differ in opinions on whether the New Deal helped or hindered the Americans. In Source J the self made business man says that "The New Deal hurt us.", whereas the Secretary of Labour,

  1. Why were towns in the American often violent and lawless places?

    As a consequence of the reasons above, citizens needed some form of protection; they needed to look after their selves, their family and their home. This is why many folk owned weapons. The American constitution used to state (and in some states still do)...

  2. In the time period of 1840-1895, commonly known as the American west, pioneers set ...

    a town in a specific location, and in a particular way that would benefit them the most. Others would set up towns to keep cattle in and would need to accommodate cowboys. Some were even set up for religious reasons, and needed to accommodate a specific religious group, and would need to meet their needs effectively.

  1. An analysis of American History 1865-1920

    Selfish Senators often used their power and exploited their influence to get wealthier off big business corporations. It was clear; politics were heading down the wrong path. It is true that the need to get rid of corruption was not helped by the two-party system that now was clearer than ever in American politics.

  2. Who was a better leader, Joseph Smith or Brigham Young?

    They even founded colonies in Missouri. They worked very hard and soon had a store, bank, printing press and a mill. They soon outnumbered the non-Mormons. However their success increased the envy and hatred of the others. Very unfortunately for the Mormons, in 1837 there was a economic crisis, making many banks collapse.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work