Description of Course
Study of the exploration, conquest, and development of the American West in the 19th century.
Introduction to the American West
The ceremony for the driving of the golden spike at Promontory Summit, Utah on May 10, 1869; completion of the First Transcontinental Railroad. At center left, Samuel S. Montague, Central Pacific Railroad, shakes hands with Grenville M. Dodge, Union Pacific Railroad (center right). Source: Golden Spike
What is the West?
What is the American West?
Regional definitions vary from source to source. As defined by the Census Bureau, the western United States includes 13 states: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming. The states in light red, particularly the Plains States, are sometimes considered "western", although they are often grouped with separate regions such as the Midwest and the South.[original research?]. Source: American West
The Encyclopedia of the American West definines the American West as "the area west of the Mississippi and including Alaska Hawaii, and "spill over" areas in Canada and Mexico--that gave birth to something recognizable as a Western experience."
How to get to this Guide
1. Go to the library's main webpage at: http://www.se.edu/lib/
2. Click on Research Guides
3. Look on the left side of ther page at the list of subjects. Find HISTORY and click on it.
4. Now in the center of the new page, find the guide for HISTORY-AMERICAN WEST and click on it.