What major issues did the United States overcome on the western frontier during the second half of the 19th century?

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The major issue faced by the U.S. on the western frontier was that of the Indian tribes who lived in the area. The West had at one time been considered the "Great American Desert," and no one was interested in settling there; in fact President Andrew Jackson had ordered the Cherokee Indians of Georgia forcibly removed to Oklahoma. Following the Civil War, however, new discoveries of gold and silver, burgeoning populations in the...

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