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

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