HIS 356G • Hist of the United States West-W SEMINAR
*** NOTE: This section is a a Substantial Writing Component discussion SEMINAR, not a lecture. ***
This course will examine the ways in which the West was imagined, experienced, and lived by Americans from the mid-nineteenth century through the present. We will follow a chronological narrative as we try to learn more about the people, events, images, and forces that have shaped life and culture in the trans-Mississippi West. The course will cover migration and immigration of various peoples in the modern West, the development of state and federal power,the representation of the West in film and literature, the unique environment[s] of the region, the place of the "Old West" in the modern global economy, and the politics of race, ethnicity, and gender in a region that one historian described as "a national and international cross-roads.
Billington and Ridge, Westward Expansion Nash, The American West Transformed Matsumoto, Over the Edge: Remapping the American West Elliott West, Contested Plains Ostler, The Plains Sioux and U.S. Colonialism Padget, Indian Country