Gold, Guns, and Grandeur—The West
Lecture no. 6 from the course: Experiencing America: A Smithsonian Tour through American History
Taught by Professor Richard Kurin | 32 min | Categories: The Great Courses Plus Online History Courses
Hear the tale told by a tiny gold flake, smaller than a fingernail, which launched the California Gold Rush in the late 1840s. Encounter another artifact that had a profound impact on the West: the Colt revolver. And view the West through the eyes of both settlers and natives in the art of Albert Bierstadt and the sketches from Sitting Bull’s drawing book.