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Course on the American West Offered in Spring 2009

Jan 4, 2009

History 308, "The American West" (STAR# 35569) will be taught in Spring 2009 by Assoc. Prof. of History Dr. Greg Hall on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12:30 to 1:45 p.m.

"The American West" is a course in which students will explore and analyze the history of a distinctive region of the United States. The lectures, readings, and films in the course will cover the West's development as it evolved from the homeland of Native Americans to a contested frontier zone to a major economic, political, social and cultural contributor to American society in the 19th and 20th centuries. Also, human interaction with the western environment over time will receive ample attention.

The course will contrast the historical experiences of different social groups in the region and their contributions to the West's history. Moreover, students will examine U.S. federal policy, resource issues, and the West's relationships with the rest of the country and with other parts of the world. It is important that students come away from this course with a critical understanding of the American West's historical significance.

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