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7 Nights of History: How the American Frontier Remade the World

Feb 21, 2018

Frontierland, a board game by Disney

7 Nights of History
A successor to the ‘7 Days That Changed the World lecture Series’

The past is all around us, but it only becomes history when we apply the tools of the historical discipline to think historically.  Each month a different U of S historian will deliver a public lecture that brings historical thinking to bear on a problem so that we can better understand the human condition and navigate our way into the future. The public is encouraged to ask questions and join in discussion and conversation after each talk.

How the American Frontier Remade the World

by Benjamin Hoy 

Wednesday, February 21, 6 p.m.

Hose and Hydrant Brewing Company

612 11th St E, Saskatoon


Benjamin Hoy is an Assistant Professor of History at the University of Saskatchewan. He specializes in Indigenous history and the Canada-United States border

Description of the Talk:

In the 1890s, the American census office alongside historians and politicians declared the American frontier had closed. The closure, and the mythology that surrounded it, has shaped American culture, territorial acquisition, demography, and economic policies for the last 130 years. On a global scale, American perceptions about its frontier have impacted the ways it has approached military engagements in the Philippines in the early 20th century all the way to present day conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. Myths and tropes about the West have shaped everything from how children learn about their past to how international companies market their merchandize. This talk will describe how our perceptions about the West, the Wild West, and the American frontier, structure the modern world we live in today.

For more information, contact Keith Carlson


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