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Christopher D. Herbert
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

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.

Recommended preparation

Class assignments and grading

The grade is divided between a research paper, two one page papers, a final exam, and participation.


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 Christopher D. Herbert
Date: 09/16/2010