Christopher D. Herbert
Anglo-American exploration, conquest, occupation, and exploitation of the trans-Mississippi West, with emphasis on economic development into the twentieth century. Considers wide range of developmental themes (social, political, cultural) in historiography of American West.
This course examines the processes that lead to the addition of seventeen new states to the Union (excluding Hawaii and Alaska) and the repercussions that this acquisition of territory had for the peoples who inhabited the west. In particular, we will pay attention to two main threads. The first is the inter-relationship of economic systems and politics in shaping patterns of settlement, social relationships, and the exploitation of resources. The second is the shifting nature of how residents and non-residents, whites and non-whites, thought and talked about the American west.
While the course spans the period from 1600 - 2000, the emphasis is on the 1840s onward.
Student learning goals
General method of instruction
Lectures with time set aside for discussion.
Class assignments and grading
The grade is divided between a research paper, two one page papers, a final exam, and participation.