HIS 356G • History of the United States West
This class will examine the history of the 20th Century American West with a special focus on the concepts of conquest, resistance, and region. 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.
Possible texts include: Hal Rothman, DEVIL'S BARGAIN'S: TOURISM IN THE TWENTIETH CENTURY AMERICAN WEST Peter Iverson, WE ARE STILL HERE: AMERICAN INDIANS IN THE TWENTIETH CENTURY Mark Reisner, CADILLAC DESERT: THE WEST AND IT'S DISAPPEARING WATER Oliver La Farge, LAUGHING BOY Monica Sone, NISEI DAUGHTER Course packet.