The Problems of Living in a Newly Set Up Town in the West Essay

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The Problems of Living in a Newly Set Up Town in the West

In the time period of 1840-1895, commonly known as the American west, pioneers set off to the west of America to set up homes there, with the promise of free land, and the image of ‘streets paved with gold’ in their minds; Americans were more than willing to pack up and find their fortune. However, moving west was not as easy as most had anticipated, and many families perished on the journey over alone, not to mention the living conditions when they arrived. As more and more families began migrating west, the discoveries of gold brought along many big businesses, and a mass increase in people hoping to make money. This meant that towns
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They would not need sufficient proof to kill a suspect, and once someone was suspected of a crime, they would immediately be taken to the nearest tree and hung without trial.

Even with this dangerous threat to the criminals, very serious crimes were still committed without precaution. In fact, the sheer amount that law and order was disregarded and disobeyed in the American west is beyond imaginable capabilities. These could range from common crimes such as petty theft to terrible accounts of prejudice and murder. The defiance of law was greatly affected by which type of town that it occurred in. There were various types of towns set up in the American west, as there were so many reasons for travelling to the west; some would go to try and uncover the fabled gold which had been reported to the east with such appeal, so they would need to set up a town in a specific location, and in a particular way that would benefit them the most. Others would set up towns to keep cattle in and would need to accommodate cowboys. Some were even set up for religious reasons, and needed to accommodate a specific religious group, and would need to meet their needs effectively. Despite being set up for specific reasons, each type of town had many setbacks, and there were many problems that they would need to overcome if

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