David Keys outlines his version of a continuing story of conquest in the West.
A decent PBS series on the History of the Native Americans which will stream over the net. The programme on Wounded Knee is very interesting indeed - ties in with the wider Civil Rights movement.
Melvyn Bragg and his guests discuss the Battle of the Little Bighorn, also known as Custer's Last Stand and investigate the truth in the myth. Some good historical background and debate.
Also available on Skydrive HERE
Highbrow or lowbrow? James Gilbert looks at the competing visions of American civilisation on offer at Chicago's fin de siécle Exposition of 1893.
Link to article HERE
To understand why Americans believe their nation to be innocent of imperialism we must go back to the Founding Fathers of the Republic, says Graham MacPhee.
Wild Bill Hicock and wagon trains - familiar images of pioneer spirit, but a more complex and less triumphalist view of how the American frontier moved West is explained by Margaret Walsh.
Christina Walkley looks at how the triumphs and tragedies of pioneer women on the trail West can be traced in their patchwork quilts.
An article looking at the controversial relationship between Native Americans and the Federal Government of the USA.
A six part BBC documentary on the Battle of the Little Bighorn is available on Youtube. The First part is below and other parts can be found by following the link here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xf9U5EJXDis&feature=related
For those off you wanting to read beyond the extracts we will be focussing on in lessons, here is a general bibliography for the American West. You can get most of these books either for free from the library or for a small fee from Abe Books. Please do not feel it is necessary to buy any however. It might be worth just choosing a few to dip into to get a broader feel for a fascinating topic. If you want some specific recommendations see myself or Miss Devey!!