Smithsonian

Stepping Stone 1

1. What images of Pittsburgh and westward expansion are portrayed by the Staffordshire platter?

2. In what ways do Documents B, C, and D support the image of Pittsburgh and westward expansion projected by the platter?

3. What factors made Pittsburgh an important contributor to westward expansion from 1800 to 1860?

4. What discordant note is raised by Charles Dickens (Document E) regarding westward expansion in the first half of the nineteenth century?

5. What other voices would you like to hear discussing Pittsburgh and its role in westward expansion? Why?