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Sarah Deutsch: California and Reframing the Making of a Modern U.S. West

April 8 @ 5:00 pm - 6:15 pm PDT

A central theme of Making a Modern U.S. West by Sarah Deutsch is the question of what would constitute a modern U.S. and whose vision would define the West and the nation. Modernity for some meant corporate consolidation, capital intensive agriculture, white supremacy, male-headed families and private individual land-holding. For others, modernity could include racial mixing, transnational mobility, economic democracy, and collective ownership of land. Californians ran the full spectrum of these ideas—they fought over redwoods and irrigation, they speculated on land and oil, they fought over the border and who belonged on which side, and even over who should get a say in all those things—and in doing so, they helped define modernity for the region and the nation.

This presentation will address some of those issues as well as how the author tried to corral these unwieldy decades into a single volume.

A virtual presentation by Sarah Deutsch, author and professor of history, Duke University

Click here to REGISTER for the Virtual Presentation on Zoom


April 8
5:00 pm - 6:15 pm PDT
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