Special Topics in the History of the United States: The United States West, 1789-1915

History 100AC

Spring 2015
101 LSA
Day & Time: 
TuTh 930-11A

This course will introduce students to the history of the United States West. The "West" describes both a specific geographic region as well as a process of diverse peoples coming together. Drawing on recent historiography and primary sources, students will explore how peoples who belonged to competing empires, nations, and indigenous political structures navigated this shared space. Themes include race, religion, gender, and the increasing power of the federal government.

Course Books

The Contested Plains: Indians, Goldseekers, and the Rush to Colorado by Elliott West University Press of Kansas. ISBN: 978-0700608911 Required
Roaring Camp: The Social World of the California Gold Rush by Susan Johnson W. W. Norton & Company. ISBN: 978-0393320992 Required
Lewis and Clark Among the Indians by James P. Ronda Bison Books. ISBN: 978-0803289901 Required
Sugar Creek: Life on the Illinois Prairie, by John Mack Faragher Yale University Press. ISBN: 978-0300042634 Required