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The American West, 150 Years Ago

Tuesday, May 12th, 2020

In the 1860s and 70s, photographer Timothy O’Sullivan created some of the best-known images in American History. After covering the U.S. Civil War, O’Sullivan joined a number of expeditions organized by the federal government to help document the new frontiers in the American West. The teams were composed of soldiers, scientists, artists, and photographers, and tasked with discovering the best ways to take advantage of the region’s untapped natural resources. O’Sullivan brought an amazing eye and work ethic, composing photographs that evoked the vastness of the West. He also documented the Native American population as well as the pioneers who were already altering the landscape. Above all, O’Sullivan captured—for the first time on film—the natural beauty of the American West in a way that would later influence Ansel Adams and thousands more photographers to come.

Lecture: Western Settlement and the Rise & Fall of Populism

Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013

Lecture Outline:

I.Settling on the Great Plains: The Ideal and the Spirit of the West
II.Rise and Evolution of Farmers’ Organizations
III.Farmers Unite
IV.Election of 1896
V.Legacy of Farmers Alliances & Populist Party
Here it is. Fascinating (as always!). Enjoy.

A Short History of Agarian Revolt in America

Sunday, January 18th, 2009

This condensed version of Lawrence Goodwyn’s Democratic Promise, the highly-acclaimed study on American Populism which the Civil Liberties Review called “a brilliant, comprehensive study,” offers new political language designed to provide a fresh means of assessing both democracy and authoritarianism today.

A Short History of Agarian Revolt in America free from Google Books

Modern Connection–Michael Pollan

Sunday, January 11th, 2009

Mr. Pollan is the author of In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto, published in January 2008 by The Penguin Press. His previous books include The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals, named one of the ten best books of 2006 by the New York Times and the Washington Post.

His ideas further resonated with the American public after he published “Farmer in Cheif”–an open letter to the 2008 presidential candidates in the NY Times Magazine.

Your assignment is to listen to this interview of Pollan (OR watch the video below) and to type thorough notes (the notes will be submitted as homework). Be prepared to discuss the ideas presented in this interview. Also be prepared to connect Pollan’s thesis to the Populist Movement of the late 19th Century.

Authors@Google: Michael Pollan

The Populist Party Platform

Sunday, January 11th, 2009

The Populist Party Platform (1892)

Response Sheet

Farmers’ Alliance DBQ

Sunday, January 11th, 2009

DBQ on Farmers’ Alliances

Populism Lecture Series

Sunday, January 11th, 2009

Here are a series of lectures that I have devised. In creating these lectures I relied heavily on the scholarship of Duke University’s Lawrence Goodwyn and Richard Hofstadter.

Notes on Goodwyn’s Introduction to A Short History of Agrarian Revolt in America

The Alliance Develops a Movement Culture

Discovering the Limits of Populism in America

The Legacy and Irony of The Rise and Fall of Populism

My Class Lecture on Western Settlement and the Rise and Fall of Populism

Goodwyn’s book on Populism is available for free at here