In Episode 4 of The West, students will evaluate the impact that the Civil War has on relations between settlers, the government and the people, and on Indians in these territories. In addition to the video questions, there is a final analysis open-ended having students evaluate the changing role of the West in American society.
"Civil war comes early to the West. In “Bleeding Kansas,” abolitionists battle for free soil. In Utah, federal troops march against Mormon polygamy. And along the Rio Grande, oppressed Mexican Americans rebel. The war between North and South unleashes brute savagery in the West, and leaves behind an army prepared for total war against the native peoples of the plains."