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College Catalog 2023-2024 
College Catalog 2023-2024 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

AMST 222 - Imagining the American West

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The American West is central to the construction of America’s identity and popular culture.  The mythology of the American West, built on a narrow foundation of Euro-American settlement and conquest, is critical to understanding the role of the West in the national narrative of American history. Using a variety of materials, including films, art and photography, literature, and historical sources, this course will examine how writers, artists, actors, settlers, and government officials, among others, shaped the creation of the mythic West.  This course will investigate what - and who - is and is not considered part of this mythology, as well as the ways in which these constructs attempted to make sense of the diverse populations converging in the West. Can count towards “Colonization and Empire,” or “Race and Indigeneity,” or “North America” fields of the History major. Offered alternate years. (4 Credits)