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After the Civil War, the United States Army was kept small in size while its main responsibilities were fighting Indians in the West, maintaining order in labor disputes and performing ceremonial functions. In the late 1800's, West Point graduates played important roles in the Spanish-American and Philippine Wars and were vital to the success of engineering projects such as the building of the Panama Canal and the reshaping of Washington, D.C. In this section of the online exhibition entitled "West Point in the Making of America'' , from the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History, students will learn how West Point graduates influenced the development of the United States both domestically and abroad between the Civil War and the beginning of the Twentieth Century.
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