After students have viewed the video, read the headnotes and literary selections in The Norton Anthology of American Literature, and explored related archival materials on the American Passages Web site, they should be able to
understand the conflicts and tensions inherent in the American concept of the "frontier";
discuss the importance of gender in shaping the experiences and opportunities of immigrants and inhabitants of the American West;
discuss the importance of race and ethnicity in shaping the experiences and opportunities of immigrants and inhabitants of the American West;
understand nineteenth-century American debates about the relationship between humans and the natural environment and explain the impact of those debates on the development of American literature.
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