Lecture Description

During the 19th-Century, the trans-Mississippi West was often presented not as a mythic, exceptional, and quintessentially American space, but, rather, as a global West, as one developing frontier, one colonial enterprise, among many around the globe. This lecture examines the role that practitioners of the enormously popular and influential travel narrative genre played in presenting the global West of the 19th century, and the role that their 20th-century counterparts played in constructing a mythic frontier West.


Transportation, Travel, and Exploration West

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