Claudio Saunt, West of the Revolution: An Uncommon History of 1776 (W.W. Norton, 2014).
In a 1000-1200 word essay respond to the following questions. The paper should be in essay format (meaning it has paragraphs and is not simply an outline or list of bullet points). For quotes from the narrative, simply put the page number in parentheses at the end of the sentence. No full citation is necessary, unless it is a quote from an outside source (though outside sources are not necessary for the assignment). Please use Microsoft Word, because other formats may not be compatible with Turn-It-In and thus the dropbox will not accept them.
First, discuss Saunt’s goals/reasons for writing this book. What does he set out to accomplish and why? Are his goals problematic in any way, and why, if at all, is such re-contextualization important/useful? Secondly discuss the content of the book in light of our guiding course themes regarding “the West”—conquest and the mixing of diverse groups of people. What important contacts and centers of exchange does Saunt discuss? What is their historical significance, and how do they reconfigure our historical understanding of the events, chronology, local experiences, context, etc., of North America in 1776?