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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...
The observations about Native Americans recorded by European newcomers have led to a long-standing impression of what traditional Indian life was like. But what these European settlers saw was far from “traditional”; it was the product of a particular period in time for Native Americans that was one of adjustment and adaptation to new conditions.
Before the coming of Europeans, the Great Plains saw the rise and passing of dozens of cultures. Through trial and error, the peoples who were part of these cultures adapted to a varied environment and to one of the most dangerously erratic climates in North America.
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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.