Traditionally when we look at American history we look at it chronologically.
The class Cowboys, Indians & Others plans to look in a little different manner. We will look at important phases, cultures, events, and personalities that go together in each class. "COWBOYS," will be one hour and will start with the origins of the cowboy culture, and progress through its development through the open range era and into the 20th century onto the silver screen and TV. "INDIANS," will start with First Nations, trace their development through great mound building cultures and onto the Great Plains tribes that we are so familiar with. The block will close with the Trail of Tears, reservation life, and into the present. The areas that will be included in "OTHERS," will include original migration theories, settlers, gold rushes, lawmen and outlaws, and other subjects important to settlement of the west.
The movement west was extremely rich with stories and personalities that have been immortalized in history and media. However, there is still more to learn and we will cover much of it in this class. We will use hard copy maps and questions and life experiences are always welcome. This is the kind of class where the general subject areas might the remain same but the stories and events change with each presentation. Many have taken the class multiple times. Thankfully, they have enjoyed each session. I will work hard to keep it interesting. Lets, "Give Life A Ride."
Quentin Thomas, Instructor