The History of the American West Field Trip
by Brianna Ruffatto
Students at NSA have been trying to define what the American West is, exactly.
At first, the question seems simple enough; we’ve all enjoyed the likes of Clint Eastwood and John Wayne battling it out, mustache, boot, and spur on the arid, tumble-weed frontier.
But building on the Sophomore year history colloquium, we’ve learned better. The actual stories and lives scooped into certain periodizations and analyses are much more ethnically, geographically, and methodologically complex and diverse than their iconography suggests.
After weeks of rigorous discussion of influential historians such as William Cronon, Elliott West, Richard White, Donald Worster, and the ever-persistent Frederick Jackson Turner (who coined the term “frontier” in 1893), Dr. Chris Schlect led us on a route of local significant historical sites of the American West.
Dr. Schlect set the route for a one-night trip over September 15th and 16th.
Read More · 3 min read · Oct 11 2016