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The Great Depression and World War II, far and away the worst economic calamity and the...
The first transcontinental railroad, built between 1864 and 1869, was the greatest construction project of its era. It involved...
To most Americans the Great Plains are the Great Flyover, or maybe the Great Drivethrough. Viewed from a window seat the plains seem nearly devoid of interest, something to get across enroute to someplace far...
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Willa Cather (1873–1847) was a writer whose work often focused on immigrants and settlers of the American frontier. Cather was born in Virginia but at age ten moved with her family to Nebraska, where she lived among immigrant settlers and attended the University of Nebraska. Cather’s most famous novel, O Pioneers!, was published in 1913, and like many of her works, it told the story of immigrants making their way on the Great Plains.
In this lecture Elliott West, a professor of history at the University of Arkansas, describes how the introduction of Old World phenomena such as guns, horses, and new diseases affected the Native peoples of the New World.