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Dreams of El Dorado: A History of the American West
  • Date: Friday, November 01, 2019
  • Time: 12:00 pm
  • Location: William G. McGowan Theater

In Dreams of El Dorado, H. W. Brands tells the thrilling, panoramic story of the settling of the American West. He takes us from John Jacob Astor’s fur trading outpost in Oregon to the Texas Revolution, from the California gold rush to the Oklahoma land rush. He shows how the migrants’ dreams drove them to feats of courage and perseverance and how those same dreams drove them to outrageous acts of violence against indigenous peoples and one another. The West was where riches would reward the miner’s persistence, the cattleman’s courage, and the railroad man’s enterprise. A book signing follows the program.

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