But how wild was the West? Was it really ever “won”?
- The brutal conflict of cowboys and Indians.
- Dusty, dangerous outposts policed by vigilante justice.
- The six-shooter showdown at high noon.
- Daring railroad heists and arduous cattle drives.
- These and other scenes from countless Western films have so shaped our conception of the American West that it’s impossible to separate myth from reality.
Designed to shine a light on truths about westward expansion and the American frontier (sometimes uncomfortable, always insightful), The American West: History, Myth, and Legacy
is a way for you to experience the grit and grandeur of an epic period in American history.
Professor Patrick N. Allitt’s 24 lectures, rich with historical detail, take you from the era of the American Revolution to the beginning of the 20th century and uncover new historical angles and perspectives about events and themes ranging from the Lewis and Clark expedition to the Indian Removal Act to the creation of America’s first national parks. Packed with period maps and artwork, photographs, diary entries, and more, this course is an entertaining, eye-opening, balanced look at the achievements and sufferings of a period and place as important as it was wild.