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From source A you can observe that Salt Lake City was very carefully planned and organised. The roads are wide and the fences section off each home.

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Question 1. From source A you can observe that Salt Lake City was very carefully planned and organised. The roads are wide and the fences section off each home. The homes were made of adobe bricks and as they are similar it confirms the Mormon concept of a community where there is no private ownership of land. The roads were wide as irrigation was essential and controlled by the Mormon Church. The picture shows Brigham Young's dream of community and self - sufficiency. "We do not intend to have any trade or commerce with the gentile world. The Kingdom of God cannot rise independent of the gentile nations until we produce, manufacture and make every article of use, convenience, or necessity among our own people." Question 2. From the source you can learn there was lawlessness in the mining town of Bannack. The fact that the only means of protection is your "trusty rifle" indicates the lack of law and order. A lack of authority was brought about because you would not know who to trust. The different ethnic groups such as Chinese, Irish and different European nationalities made communication difficult. These problems made forming a trust worthy authority over a mining town difficult. ...read more.

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This shows they want law and order in their town and they are willing to get it by any means necessary. Source F is a journalist impression of Virginia City, like source D it may well be unreliable as it is Mark Twain's impression of Virginia City. Source F indicates that there is law and order in the West. It mentions authority over the town such as a "Chief of Police" and "City Marshall". Source F also suggests that Virginia City's crime prevention system is successful at obtaining criminals "half a dozen jails in full operation". Sources D and F show that there was a problem with law and order in the American West. Whereas source F shows organisation, and law and order throughout the town of Virginia City. One source on its own does not give the whole impression of law and order in the West, but having three to look at means we can gain different concepts that are useful for our understanding of the West. Question 5. There was lawlessness throughout the West but many sources as well as source B suggest there was no law and order in the mining town of Bannack. Professor Dimsdale, a journalist who gave eyewitness accounts of vigilante groups' events, witnessed a lynching by vigilantes "their brutal desires" he describes the trial of a man and the crowds attitudes. ...read more.

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Source E is double sided, the vigilantes show source G to be correct because of their unfair prosecutions and lynching. However the vigilante groups are trying to maintain law and order, although the method may be unorthodox and unlawfully, the motive is opposite to the one describe in source G. Source F does not support source G, source F creates an image of organisation, social harmony and law and order is maintained. The community is concerned with the state of their town, unlike the views William J McConnell in source G, who criticises the first settlers in the mining towns of Idaho. Using my own knowledge I am aware that the geography of the West made policing difficult, the mountainous areas such as the Rockies and the vast area of the plains was too much for one man to control successfully. With the invention of the gun came a dramatic increase in crime, this made policing the West even more difficult. With the first and only transcontinental railway being built 1869 there was a lack of transport for the law enforcement to travel rapidly. Source G is partly correct but there were other factors such as the geography of the Plains and the lack of law enforcement, which made policing difficult. A lack of transport and communication effected policing and social harmony. David Clark History Coursework Sunday 27th January ...read more.

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