The discussion responses you submit for each Discussion Post should all follow the same format and style. These should be 250-350 words, and are meant to be written in a “blog style,” as opposed to more formal writing. The intention behind this is to map the process of learning and analyzing history–therefore it should have a tone of personal reflection in addition to analysis. Reflect on the content you’ve learned in this unit. Then, consider your position/experience and how you relate to this material (yes–you can use first-person). Though there is an overall informal tone to these posts, your answers should employ critical thinking (as opposed to regurgitating material) and effectively apply reading and media sources from the unit’s module within your overall analysis. Include several specifics from course material, offering really simplistic citations in parentheses such as: (name of textbook chapter), (name of primary source), (name of historian video).
You’ve now read about and watched a video on how the American West has been romanticized and become a historical caricature. Myths arose as early as white encroachment, but only became more entrenched as the years went on, especially with its immortalization in American popular culture. These iconic images fail to capture the realities of the West in terms of displacement of natives, disease, and other conflicts. Drawing on this week’s material, write a 250-350 word post considering the below questions in your response.
Provide at least 2 examples of myths of the West and offer the historical facts that contradict those myths.
How did Hollywood uphold myths of the West?
Why is it important in today’s context to confront these historical myths vs. historical realities?