Students will be embarking on a new unit over the next month that will cover the history of Nevada from its days as a territory until the founding of the city of Las Vegas. Students will learn about the conditions under which Nevada became a state, mining and the towns that developed, thrived and waned as a result of the mines, early ranching in the state, the influence of the Mormon community, and the development of the railroads and their significance in the evolution of the state.
At the end of the unit students should be able to identify key figure in Nevada history during this era and understand their impact on the state, identify the reasons behind the push for Nevada's statehood, identify key industries during the era and recognize their impact on Nevada, and identify Nevada's role in social changes in the United States.
Students will be looking at the "Great Race" involving the railroads. Students will answer the following questions:
1) What was the "Great Race" involving the Central Pacific Railroad and the Union Pacific Railroad?
2) What were some of the problems both companies encountered?
3) Where did the "race" finally end, (where did the railroads meet)?
As usual, if you have any questions or concerns regarding this unit or anything else in Nevada History class, please feel free to drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org.