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John M Findlay
HSTAA 413
Seattle Campus

History of the Trans-Mississippi West

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.

Class description

The course considers relations between Indians and non-Indians; gender, race, and ethnicity; migration patterns; the role of the state; regional mobilization during World War I, World War II, and the Cold War; the West as myth; politics and activism; urban development; resource use.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

The course combines lecture and discussion. Students will read and discuss primary sources as well as secondary works, and will write essays on readings and for exams.

Recommended preparation

Class assignments and grading

To be arranged

Papers, exams, and discussion.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by John M Findlay
Date: 04/11/2007