Episode 18 – The American West – Part 1

John Gast, “The Spirit of the Frontier,” 1872.

Hilary and Geoff begin a two-part series on major issues in the history of the “American West.” What does that term mean? How has the west been imagined and conceived, both in the past and in the contemporary ways we discuss it? Who gets included and who gets left out of that history? 

This is only part one of our discussion. Join us next time as we move into late-nineteenth and twentieth century ideas about the west.