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- The Surge West
- Land Policy and Speculation
- Western Economy: Boom and Panic
- Indian Removal
- The Transportation Revolution and the Rise of Cities
- The Opening of the Far West
- Settling California, New Mexico, and Oregon
- Foreign Policy in Texas and Oregon
- The Mexican War and Political Aftermath
- The Plains Indians
- The Transcontinental Railroad and the Admission of Western States
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