SAT Subject US History Practice Question 60: Answer and Explanation

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Question: 60

3. African Americans traveled west after the Civil War for all the following reasons EXCEPT:

A. to work on the railroad
B. to escape racial segregation
C. to work in the fur-trading industry
D. to mine gold and silver
E. to claim homesteads for themselves and their families

Correct Answer: C


The fur-trading industry had died out before the Civil War. People were still hunting and trapping animals for their fur, but there was no longer a major industry to attract people to the West en masse.

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