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  • 1. THE GHOSTS OF WESTERN FUTURE AND PAST<br />By: AARON FREY<br />“Courtesy of Kansas Memory [www.kansasmemory.org]”<br />
  • 2. THE ENDURING FRONTIER HERITAGE<br />OVERALL PERCEPTIONS OF THE WEST<br /><ul><li>The settling of the West gave us our unique character
  • 3. Manifest Destiny
  • 4. The Frontier Era was Pure</li></ul>“Courtesy of Western History and Genealogy from the Denver Public Library [http://history.denverlibrary.org/images/index.html]”<br />
  • 5. THE ENDURING FRONTIER HERITAGE<br />PERCEPTIONS AND REALITIES OF THE WEST <br />DURING THE 18TH AND EARLY 19TH CENTURIES<br /><ul><li>Rugged, unforgiving place
  • 6. Pioneer region
  • 7. People wanting settlement promote the West as being very </li></ul> sophisticated and culturally advanced<br /><ul><li>Fastest growing region of the country
  • 8. Huge demographic shifts</li></ul>“Courtesy of Western History and Genealogy from the Denver Public Library [http://history.denverlibrary.org/images/index.html]”<br />
  • 9. THE ENDURING FRONTIER HERITAGE<br />PERCEPTIONS AND REALITIES OF THE <br />WEST FOR PRESENT DAY<br /><ul><li>“Big” Country
  • 10. Westerners promote the West as being the “Old West”
  • 11. Fast growing region
  • 12. Nostalgic</li></ul>“Courtesy of Kansas Memory [www.kansasmemory.org]”<br />
  • 13. PRIMACY, AUTHENTICITY, PROMISE, AND PLACE<br />WHAT IS PRIMACY?<br /><ul><li>The belief in being FIRST
  • 14. Westerners feel a sense of primacy when discussing “their” region
  • 15. This is often resented among people who move in to the region</li></ul>“Courtesy of Kansas Memory [www.kansasmemory.org]”<br />
  • 16. PRIMACY, AUTHENTICITY, PROMISE, AND PLACE<br />ROMANTICIZING THE WEST BY WHITES<br /><ul><li>Learning from hardships builds character
  • 17. “Do it yourself” attitude
  • 18. Settlers were conquerors
  • 19. Westerners feel a sense of entitlement because of “their” experience</li></ul>“Courtesy of Western History and Genealogy from the Denver Public Library [http://history.denverlibrary.org/images/index.html]”<br />
  • 20. PRIMACY, AUTHENTICITY, PROMISE, AND PLACE<br />RACISM AND ABUSE IN THE OLD WEST<br /><ul><li>Ethnic cleansing of Native Americans
  • 21. Relocation of Native Americans to Reservations
  • 22. Understated importance of Mexican Americans and African Americans in the settlement of the West
  • 23. Minorities viewed as savages and second class citizens</li></ul>“Courtesy of Western History and Genealogy from the Denver Public Library <br />[http://history.denverlibrary.org/images/index.html]”<br />
  • 24. CALIFORNICATION IN THE CONTEMPORARY WEST<br />WHAT IS CALIFORNICATION?<br /><ul><li>Other western states are “anti” California
  • 25. Because they are proud of their simple, affordable lifestyles
  • 26. Because California is so “modern”
  • 27. Because California is “unwestern”
  • 28. California is proud of being modern and “unwestern”</li></ul>“Courtesy of Western History and Genealogy from the Denver Public Library <br />[http://history.denverlibrary.org/images/index.html]”<br />
  • 29. CALIFORNICATION IN THE CONTEMPORARY WEST<br />INTELLECTUALS OPINIONS ON “CLOSING THE WEST”<br /><ul><li>Francis A. Walker & Frederick Jackson Turner’s concerns:
  • 30. Scared southern and eastern European immigrants would not become Americanized
  • 31. Based on prejudices
  • 32. White Anglo-Saxon Protestant mentality
  • 33. Regionalism and distrust of outsiders
  • 34. Overall anti-immigrant attitudes</li></ul>“Courtesy of Western History and Genealogy from the Denver Public Library [http://history.denverlibrary.org/images/index.html]”<br />
  • 35. CALIFORNICATION IN THE CONTEMPORARY WEST<br />POSITIVES WITH REGIONALISM<br /><ul><li>Community integration and cooperation
  • 36. Moving beyond racial and cultural differences to:
  • 37. Make interdenominational churches
  • 38. Consolidate schools
  • 39. Business growth
  • 40. Westerners were a very positive example for the country while Jim Crow ruled the South</li></ul>“Courtesy of Western History and Genealogy from the Denver Public <br />Library [http://history.denverlibrary.org/images/index.html]”<br />
  • 41. CHANGE, MYTHOLOGY, AND REGIONAL IDENTITY<br />CHANGE<br /><ul><li>Frontier has become civilized
  • 42. This was the original goal of pioneers
  • 43. This is now resisted by Westerners
  • 44. In 1990 over 80% of people living in the west now live in cities
  • 45. The west has been profoundly affected by:
  • 46. Social norms
  • 47. Political aspects
  • 48. Cultural values
  • 49. Economic changes
  • 50. Demographic changes
  • 51. Environmental issues
  • 52. Change is inevitable</li></ul>“Courtesy of Kansas Memory [www.kansasmemory.org]”<br />
  • 53. CHANGE, MYTHOLOGY, AND REGIONAL IDENTITY<br />MYTHOLOGY<br /><ul><li>Westerners hang on to the golden age or the “good old days”
  • 54. Westerners remember the past selectively
  • 55. Remember positives and romanticize them
  • 56. Forget undesirable memories
  • 57. The “myth” of the west will probably always be remembered</li></ul>“Courtesy of Western History and Genealogy from the Denver Public Library [http://history.denverlibrary.org/images/index.html]”<br />
  • 58. CHANGE, MYTHOLOGY, AND REGIONAL IDENTITY<br />REGIONAL IDENTITY<br /><ul><li>Western mythology has a place in the study of the West
  • 59. The West is very culturally diverse
  • 60. The West itself is very diverse geographically, economically, and socially
  • 61. The West is very unique and different from any other part of the country
  • 62. The people of the West pride themselves on being different from any other people </li></ul>Courtesy of Kansas Memory [www.kansasmemory.org]”<br />
  • 63. Courtesy of Kansas Memory [www.kansasmemory.org]”<br />CONCLUSION<br /><ul><li>Our perceptions of the West have helped to shape it’s lore
  • 64. Promoters of settlement sold the West as already being tamed
  • 65. Modern day promoters of the West as a place of rustic beauty and wide open spaces
  • 66. The West was and is a rapidly growing region
  • 67. Romantic reminisces of the West
  • 68. Elitist, Racist Legacies
  • 69. Also positive cooperation among peoples </li></ul>Courtesy of Kansas Memory [www.kansasmemory.org]”<br />
  • 70. CONCLUSION CONT’D<br /><ul><li>The truth of the West is probably found somewhere in between Myth and Reality
  • 71. The West helps to define America
  • 72. Allviews of the West are historically important</li></ul>“Courtesy of Kansas Memory [www.kansasmemory.org]”<br />

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