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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.


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.