History of the Western U.S.
Northeastern University, Fall 2019


Week 1

W. 9/4: El Paso

Week 2

M. 9/9: Cahokia and Caddo

W. 9/11: Double Ditch Mandan Village

Week 3

M. 9/16: Taos

  • Andrés Reséndez, The Other Slavery (Introduction, Ch. 4, 6)

W. 9/18: St. Louis

Week 4

M. 9/23: Comancheria

  • Andrés Reséndez, The Other Slavery (Ch. 7, 9)

W. 9/25: Boston

Week 5

M. 9/30: Fort Vancouver

W. 10/2: Visit to the Leventhal Map Center

Timeline due Sunday, October 6th by 11:59PM

Week 6

M. 10/7: Sutter’s Mill

W. 10/9: Sand Creek

Week 7

10/14: No Class, Official Holiday

W. 10/16: Promontory Summit

  • Frederick Jackson Turner, “The Significance of the Frontier in American History” [excerpts]
  • Andrés Reséndez, The Other Slavery (Ch. 12)

Week 8

M. 10/21: The Cherokee Outlet

W. 10/23: Angel Island

Week 9

Mon., Oct. 28: Ludlow

W. 10/30: Hetch Hetchy Valley

  • Prep for mock Congressional hearing on proposal to dam Hetch Hetchy Valley (primary source packets distributed by professor).

Pop Culture Review due Sunday, November 3rd

Week 10

M. 11/4: Hollywood

  • Watch the first 1 hr. 29 min. of The Man Who Shot Liberty Valence (1962). Available for rent on YouTube or Amazon Video.

Wed., Nov. 6: Topaz Internment Site

  • Miné Okubo, Citizen 13660

Week 11

M. 11/11: No Class, Official Holiday

Wed., Nov. 13: East Los Angeles

Week 12

M. 11/18: Las Vegas Strip

  • Listen to following podcast episodes of Leah Sottile, Bundyville, Season One:
    • Episode 1: The Battle
    • Episode 2: The Bomb
  • By Sunday at 11:59PM: Email a 2-3 sentence description of your unessay to Professor Blevins

W. 11/20: Malheur National Wildlife Refuge

Week 13

M. 11/25: Silicon Valley

W. 11/27: No Class, Official Holiday

Week 14

M. 12/2: Northeastern University

  • Unessay due Monday, December 2nd at the beginning of class (2:50pm)

W. 12/4: Standing Rock

  • Email Professor Blevins a “reading” (song, video, article, Reddit thread, etc.) that you would assign a future student taking a U.S. history class to help them understand college students in 2019. Include a short explanation of what you hope they would learn from it.

Take-Home Final Exam due Wednesday, December 11th