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Dear H-West Subscribers:
Here is a call for help with teaching a western history course the first time. Perhaps we can use this to move into a more general discussion of readers, collections, documentary compendia, etc. in teaching western history and related fields. Which ones have you found most successful? Personally I would be especially interested if any of you have tried to use collections (on social, economic, women's, ethnic, urban history, for instance) that were not originally intended for western history courses. Any takers?
Elliott West, Co-Moderator
>Date: Thu, 06 Apr 1995
>From: Carol Hollier <email@example.com>
I am a graduate student who may have the opportunity to teach a course on the American West this summer (if enough students enroll). I am looking for a good collection of essays on a range of topics from which to assign readings. I have a couple of ideas, but would appreciate any suggestions.
U. of Rochester
>Date: Mon, 10 Apr 1995
>From: David LaVere <LAVERED@UNCWIL.EDU>
"Major Problems in the History of the American West" by Clyde A. Milner II and published by D.C. Heath.
"Peoples of Color in the American West" edited by Sucheng Chan, Douglas Henry Daniels, Mario T. Garcia, and Terry P. Wilson. Published by D.C. Heath.
"Under and Open Sky: Rethinking America's Western Past" edited by William Cronon, George Miles, and Jay Gitlan. Published by W.W. Norton.
Good Luck with it. I also teach an American West class. I try to take the class all the way up to present day problems. I definitely think that students should understand the problems and influences of water, cities, and federal government on the west. Of course, most of my students would much rather study exploration, cowboys, outlaws, and the like. While I do cover all those topics, they would like to spend much more time and forget about having to read books like Donald Worster's "Rivers of Empire." Oh well, sometimes I feel that teaching is 30% acting; 30% persuasion, 30" coercion, and 10% luck (read: blundering along into fortune and misfortune).
David La Vere
>Date: Tue, 11 Apr 1995
>From: Kathleen Underwood <UNDERWD@cc1.uca.edu>
I recommend Vicki Ruiz and Ellen DuBois' _Unequal Sisters._ With articles by Joan Jensen, Valerie Matsumoto, George Sanchez, Judy Yung, and many others, this volume works very well in western history as well as women's history. I would also use it in an upper divison course in social history.
University of Central Arkansas
Conway AR 72035-0001
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