Lecture Description

The West and America addresses politics, economics, demography, culture, and race relations during the Progressive Era, 1920s, Great Depression and New Deal, World War II, and early Cold War years. In addition, the talk examines immigration and deportation policy (especially during the 1930s, the so-called “repatriation” initiatives), populism, civil liberties, working class and labor history, and environment and natural resources. The focus is on the tension between the central role that the federal government played in building the modern West and the celebration of unbridled individualism that has nonetheless continued to define the region.


Gilded Age and Progressive Era West

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