NEBRASKA HUMANITIES FEATURES
When Omaha was the capital of Montana
The years leading up to the Homestead Act of 1862 were years of rapid change in the Western United States. Historian Elliot West has spent his career looking beyond the stereotypes of movies and paperbacks to discover the truth about the land that was once largely Nebraska Territory.
Lincoln, NE 4/7/12
The image of the American West in movies and TV shows was full of stereotypes. Sheriffs and outlaws, cowboys and Indians, noble settlers on the unbroken prairie. Historians have been whittling away at those images, looking for the real American West. Jerry Johnston reports.
Elliot West's lecture was part of a symposium sponsored by the Center for Great Plains Studies located at the University of Nebraska Lincoln. There is more about the organization HERE..
For more about ,Elliot West.
The Homestead Monument of America in Beatrice has a full schedule of events celebrating the 150th Anniversary of the Homestead Act. You can see that schedule HERE