The Beckoning Frontier: U.S. Westward Expansion

Guided by a sense of destiny, the United States in the nineteenth century pushed inexorably westward across the continent. The nation that had once been a reluctant part of an empire now set out to populate the lands west of the original thirteen states to create an empire of its own.  This course will explore multiple aspects of this nation-building but will particularly focus on the forced removal of Native Americans and the motivations and lives of the pioneers as agents of change.

As large events are often best understood when viewed through the eyes of those involved, the course will delve into the lives of individuals, families, and groups to give a personal view of the vital process of expansion in American history.

Live Classes: Tuesdays, 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time

Student Expectations: Students will be expected to join in the discussions of events and to complete two projects or papers.

Student Support: The instructor will be available via email and individual face-to-face online conferences.

Materials: TBD

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