Date: Saturday, November 21st. 10:30AM
Topic: Family and Homes in the 19th Century American West
Speaker: Nicole Martin
This talk will explore the history of the home in the nineteenth-century American West. The West was often imagined as a place of great promise, a place where people could make a fresh start and build good homes. However, the West was also feared as a place of great danger because of its immense diversity in cultures and ways of living. We will examine how fears about minority groups were often expressed through accusations about immoral or inadequate homes. In other words, we will see how the home in the West became a defining location in determining what it meant to be American and who deserved rights and protection.
Nicole Noelle Martin is a Ph.D candidate in Stanford's Department of History, specializing in nineteenth-century U.S. history.