Considers the American West as a shifting location, a social process and a potent idea. Topics include Native American groups and colonizing encounters; the Lewis and Clark expedition; Manifest Destiny, the Texas Revolution and the Mexican-American War; the Gold Rush; the Oregon Trail; diversity; the West's natural resources and economic development. Explores the West as an ongoing subject of film, literature, art and television and as a presumed key to the American character. Springs. (PPDI)
*All course information is from the 2013-2014 Catalog.