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HIS 270 4-1 Discussion: Exploitation, Extraction, and Extinction

In the American West, both the scope and the scale of exploitation reached new levels.

In your initial post, address the following question:

  1. How did the aggressive quest to tame the frontier and extract its resources both reflect and enhance the power dynamic at play in the arena of national expansion?

Relate your initial post to this week's readings and resources.

When responding to your peers, discuss how the West both touched off a new scale of commodification while it also gave rise to a new awareness of natural limits.

To complete this assignment, review the Discussion Rubric document.

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