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Was the American West as Wild as We Think?

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Was the American West as Wild as We Think?

Episode 70
August, 2017
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Experience the grit and grandeur of an epic period in American history with a story more thrilling than any Hollywood Western. History professor Patrick N. Allitt dispels tall tales by sharing even more fascinating true stories of the American West.

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In This Podcast Listen To:

  • Professor Patrick N. Allitt, the Cahoon Family Professor of American History at Emory University, as he reveals the facts behind accepted myths around the Cherokee, the Gold Rush, and even beaver fur hats. He'll uncover how our understanding of the Wild West has been shaped by decades of pop culture and myth-making as he shines a light on the true American frontier.
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