History 447B (201) Selected Topics in United States History, History of the American West




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This course examines in depth the rich and complex histories of one of the United States’ most interesting and hotly-debated regions: the West. We will begin by exploring the pervasive mythologies of the “frontier” and the American West more generally; then dive deep into Indigenous, colonial, and American histories of the region; and then end the course by thinking about the legacies of these histories for contemporary communities in the West. Topics will range from Hollywood Westerns to nuclear testing and other environmental impacts, from policies of genocide to Indigenous survivance, from diverse ethnic histories in the region to the role of white supremacy across the West.