Osher Lifelong Learning Institute

Westward Expansion: 1840 – 1890


Price for Members: $60
Price for Non-Members: $90
Date/Time: Mondays, January 27; February 3, 10, 17 & 24, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Instructor: Larry Prud’homme, Ph.D., modern French history, UCD
Location: Concord Campus

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Course Description

Professor Prud’homme turns his attention to the question of why and how white Americans “won” the West in the 19th century. He will remind us of who was already in the West as the wave of “conquest” began, and then turn to the key factors involved in their displacement. They include: military force, directed against both Native tribes and Latinos; technologies such as mechanized farming and the transcontinental railroad; the search for precious metals and commercial ores; the lure of un-cut forests; and the sheer numbers of white settlers who came to claim cheap land, work in mines, cut down the trees, and build infrastructures of all kinds. Here’s the often brutal story of great change in a very short period of time. Let OLLI and Professor Prud’homme retell it for you.


Event Details

Date: 2020-01-27

Start time: 10:30 a.m.

End time: 12:30 p.m.

Venue: Cal State East Bay

Directions: Cal State East Bay, Concord Campus 4700 Ygnacio Valley Road, Concord


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