History | A300 2734 History of American West 9:30-10:45A MW BH347 Warren
A300 | 2734 | Warren S


	Topic: history of the American west
	A portion of the above section reserved for majors
	Above section open to undergraduates only

This is a course about history, mythology, and the ways in which various
groups have made sense of their lives in the natural environment of the
West.  Close attention will be paid to American Indians and their conflicts
with European colonizers, the "discovery" and exploration of the West, and
the struggles between the different racial, ethnic, and religious groups who
have occupied the West over time.  Through diaries, documentaries, and other
personal accounts, students will receive a first-hand look at the
experiences of women and men on the Overland Trail, Chinese railroad
laborers., Mexican Americans, and other residents of the West.  In addition,
students will write a historical research paper, using these first-hand
accounts, on a person or group of their choice.

Texts: Richard White, "It's Your Misfortune and None of My Own": A History
of the American West; Albert Hurtado, Intimate Frontiers: Sex, Gender, and
Culture in Old California (Histories of the American Frontier).; Lillian
Schlissel, Women's Diaries of the Westward Journey.  A Course Reader will
also be available for purchase.  These documents and articles will also be
available on reserve at the Main Library.

Grades: There are two required tests in this course, a midterm and a final
exam.  Each exam is worth 35% of your final grade.  In addition, you will be
required to write a reaction paper to the Eiteljorg Museum, worth 10% of the
course, and a longer research paper, worth 20% of your final course grade.

Paper Assignments: Students will be required to write a two-page reaction
paper to the Eiteljorg Museum and the ways in which it presents and defines
the West.  This paper will be worth 10% of the course grade.  The second
paper, worth 20% of the course grade, is a research paper that will allow
students to explore a topic that they would like to learn more about.  For
example, students interested in women on the Overland Trail would be asked
to write a 12-15 page essay, combining primary sources (such as women's
diaries) and a minimum of two scholarly monographs.