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Description of Course

Study of the exploration, conquest, and development of the American West in the 19th century.

Introduction to the American West

The American west was been described as the place where men forged their existence by their wits, and by hard work, and formed the basis of the american character. In this sense the West is not necessarily a geographic place as that place where the American character was formed. Others try to limit the West to a geographic place. This bibliography describes sources held in the Henry G. Bennett Memorial Library on the American West, and are divided by type of material that it is, such as videos, reference books, periodicals.

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."


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