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Gold, Guns, and Grandeur—The West

Lecture no. 6 from the course: Experiencing America: A Smithsonian Tour through American History

Gold, Guns, and Grandeur—The West

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.

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r********m
April 8, 2016
This lecture was an excellent transition forward from the Civil War lecture. There were many facts and diagrams presented which I had never seen before.

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