Today is a Good Day to Fight

Ref: C2224617

Cowboys and Indians, gold strikes and railroads, gunfighters and last stands - this course aims to introduce you to the far more complex, brutal and surprising history of the American West, a story replete with fascinating characters like Sitting Bull and George Armstrong Custer, fascinating locations like the Great Plains or Dodge City and fascinating campaigns and events like the Donner Party and the Wounded Knee Massacre. We will understand Indian-white relations and conflict and the settlement of the West between 1840 and 1900

Course aim

To introduce students to the 'real' history of the American West, 1840 -1900

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Discuss and explain the culture of Indian tribes in the region
  • Discuss and explain the westward expansion of European settlers
  • Identify why conflict occurred between Indians and whites
  • Identify and describe how Euro-American settlements were organised, governed and policed
  • Explain and discuss how the Americans launched a genocidal campaign to expropriate land from Native Americans

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course

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Today is a Good Day to Fight


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  • have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2017
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