History Now 9 (Fall 2006)

The American West

From the Editor

As the editor of History Now, let me welcome you back to another year in the classroom. What better way to start the year than with an issue on The American West? Of course, for many students, mention of “The West” conjures up popular stereotypes: macho cowboy heroes, Indians in warpaint, gunfights in saloons, or wagon trains filled with pioneer families. These images, powerful and simplistic, come from movies and television and adventure books. But modern scholarship has given us a much more complex, realistic—and more interesting—history...More »

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