Volume VI in the History in a Box Series

ISBN: 978-1-932821-78-9
Price: $99.99
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About The American West

The American West offers a survey of a region shaped by geography and history from 1802 through WWII. It covers topics currently taught, highlighting the central role of the federal government in shaping the West, and the place of the mythology of the West in popular culture. This box includes a resource book and accompanying CD with annotated primary sources, artwork, maps, discussion questions, and a list of additional resources; posters of documents and illustrations; portrait placards of key individuals; a poster-sized timeline; a DVD of five lectures by eminent scholars; and Voices of the West, a CD featuring songs, excerpts from gold rush letters, and a memoir of a homesteader on the North Plains. It also includes a booklet, Views of the West, with photographs by Andrew Russell and William Henry Jackson.


  • A resource book with annotated primary sources, artwork, maps, discussion questions, and a list of additional resources; accompanied by an electronic version of the book on CD
  • A sequential set of posters of documents and illustrations
  • Ten portrait placards of key individuals
  • A timeline
  • Historians on the Record: Lectures by eminent historians (DVD)
  • Music and dramatic readings of letters (CD)

Lead Scholar

  • Elliott West, Alumni Distinguished Professor, University of Arkansas

Advising Scholars

  • Patricia Limerick, Faculty Director and Chair of the Board, Center of the American West at the University of Colorado
  • Richard White, Margaret Byrne Professor of American History, Stanford University
  • Maria E. Montoya, Associate Professor of History, New York University
  • Martha A. Sandweiss, Professor of History, Princeton University

About the History in a Box Series

The American West is the sixth in the History in a Box series published by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History. The series began with The Founding Era and now includes The Civil War, Alexander Hamilton, Abraham Lincoln, Slavery and Abolition, Freedom to Move, The American West, and American History: An Introduction, with several more in production. Our aim is to produce a comprehensive series of resource boxes that will address major eras and topics in American history, and provide unique materials for teachers at every level from elementary through middle and high school.

Other Publications

The History in a Box series is just one in an array of publications and programs that Gilder Lehrman offers in pursuit of its mission to serve students and teachers of American history across the country. The Institute has programs in all fifty states, ranging from traveling exhibitions, teacher institutes, Saturday Academies, and our network of Affiliate Schools, to Teacher Seminars, the History Teacher of the Year Award Program, and a new website, www.gilderlehrman.org.