History Department
History Department

IHS Book Talk: "Dreams of El Dorado: A History of the American West," by H. W. Brands, University of Texas at Austin (History Faculty New Book Talk)

Wed, January 22, 2020 | GAR 4.100

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

The History Faculty New Book Series presents:

Dreams of El Dorado: A History of the American West
(Basic Books, October 2019)

A book talk and discussion with
H. W. Brands
Jack S. Blanton Sr. Chair in History
University of Texas at Austin
https://liberalarts.utexas.edu/history/faculty/brandshw

In Dreams of El Dorado, H. W. Brands tells the thrilling, panoramic story of the settling of the American West. He takes us from John Jacob Astor’s fur trading outpost in Oregon to the Texas Revolution, from the California gold rush to the Oklahoma land rush. He shows how the migrants’ dreams drove them to feats of courage and perseverance that put their stay-at-home cousins to shame-and how those same dreams also drove them to outrageous acts of violence against indigenous peoples and one another. The West was where riches would reward the miner’s persistence, the cattleman’s courage, the railroad man’s enterprise; but El Dorado was at least as elusive in the West as it ever was in the East.

Balanced, authoritative, and masterfully told, Dreams of El Dorado sets a new standard for histories of the American West.

Please RSVP to cmeador@austin.utexas.edu to reserve your seat and receive a copy of the reading selection to be discussed. This discussion is part of the IHS' History Faculty New Book Talk Series.

Sponsored by: Institute for Historical Studies in the Department of History

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