2.22 American Studies 100 - American Studies 100 Monday...

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American Studies 100 Monday, February 22nd, 1999 Announcements: No Class next Monday Lecture notes: The West Not "West", but "Wests": Many ways to "map out" or think about the West: by economy, such as fur, trading, mining, farming wests. By geography, by time period, by peoples, etc. We are reflecting, in part, upon historical interpretations of the West. Epic West: Westering presented as hard fought European-American advance of "progress" against the wilderness to expand the nation, civilization, and the "realm of freedom". Westering as the triumph of "civilization" over barbarism. Key terms: Manifest Destiny, Yeoman Farmer (Agrarian Deal), Freehold, Rugged Individualsim. (Early dime novels, early cowboy movies- good guys and bad guys) Tragic West: Westering as tragic dislocation and often extermination of various Native American peoples. Turns Epic West upside-down offering views of crimes of conquest and dispossession. Sometimes presented as a morality play with reversed white and black hats: ex: Dances With Wolves
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