Sarah Winnemucca, “Life Among the Piutes”
“Cherokee Women Resist Removal”
“Xin Jin’s Contract”
These documents offer an important reminder that America’s population (like its history) has never been just black and white, but rather a much more diverse group. Drawing on the documents about Cherokee removal, the contract for a Chinese prostitute, and the Sarah Winnemucca piece, explore the differences that you see between the experiences of white and non-white women in the West. What insight do these readings provide into the ways that race and gender intersect? How do these documents change your understanding of westward expansion?