Introduction: No Catlin Without Kane; or, Really Understanding the “American” West

@inproceedings{Thacker2003IntroductionNC,
  title={Introduction: No Catlin Without Kane; or, Really Understanding the “American” West},
  author={Robert Thacker},
  year={2003}
}
Let me begin by invoking three moments from the history of the North American West. The first occurred in late 1801; the second, in 1842 or early 1843; the third took place in 1881. Together, these three moments set the stage for this volume of essays, an attempt to probe the commingling of Canada's West with that of the United States West in history, image, and myth, to adapt the phrasing of Henry Nash Smith's subtitle in Virgin Land (1950). Any story, any history, is a combination of… CONTINUE READING

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