HIS 356G • Hist of the United States West
9:00 AM-10:00 AM
This course will examine the history of the trans-Mississippi West will a special focus on the concepts of conquest, resistance, and region. Beginning in 1848, 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 region. The course will cover migration and immigration of various peoples in the West, the development of state and federal power, the place of the "Old West" in film, literature and popular culture, and the often contentious politics of race, ethnicity, and gender in the region.
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.