The American West: History, Myth, and Legacy : The Great Courses: Modern History

  • by The Great Courses
  • Narrated by Professor Patrick N. Allitt PhD
  • Series: The Great Courses: Modern History
  • 12 hrs and 1 mins
  • Lecture

Publisher's Summary

Our understanding of the American West has moved far beyond pop culture in recent years. The legendary people and events we associate with the Wild West - the last stand at the Alamo, the Battle of Little Bighorn, the exploits of Calamity Jane, the hardships of the Oregon Trail - are even more fascinating once the historical realities have been separated from the myths.
Designed to shine a light on the American frontier, these 24 lectures are a way for you to experience the grit and grandeur of an epic period in American history. Professor Allitt uncovers new historical angles and perspectives about events and themes ranging from the Lewis and Clark expedition to the Indian Removal Act to the creation America's first national parks.
You'll cover more than 200 years of history and the most important events, themes, and ideas that form the backbone of the frontier's reality - and legend. Among these: the Transcontinental Railroad, the idea of Manifest Destiny, the Gold Rush, the Trail of Tears, and (yes) cowboys. You'll also learn how popular culture - novels like Little House on the Prairie, paintings by artists like Frederic Remington, and decades of Western films - can actually clue us in to the intimate details of life for everyday men and women.
Saddle up for an exciting adventure in learning.


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Another superb Allitt course

As always with Allitt's lectures, I learned so much. In prior courses, I've been struck by how non-ideological he is. Not this time. Allitt is very passionate about Native Americans. In this course, I think that colored his lectures excessively.
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- BF Palo Alto

The Wild Wild West

Don't let the old westerns drive your mindset of the west. While Zane Grey wrote what could be the most drawn out stories of the wild wild west, "The American West: History, Myth, and Legacy" took the time and did the crime of highlighting the true grit of what was real and what that adventure was like.

I'm a big fan of this particular Great Course. I became interested in the West after reading numerous Douglas Present and Lincoln Child books.

This is way better than the dysentery and the old school Apple version of Oregon Trail. Professor Allitt really brings out the past in ways that encourage us to know the stories and be better story tellers ourselves.

As always A+ and AUDIBLE20
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- Molly

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-18-2017
  • Publisher: The Great Courses