Unit 2: The American West

Big Question: How did the American West change during our country’s early years? The Gold Rush caused a population explosion in California that changed the state forever. Learning about the history of California and other western states will help you understand their importance in the development of the country.
Fun Facts
If you enjoy wearing jeans, then you have Levi Strauss and Jacob Davis to thank. These men saw that California gold miners needed strong, sturdy work clothes. So in 1872 they invented denim pants. The jeans were a big hit, and still are today!