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Presenter: Dr. David Wrobel
From the age of Manifest Destiny to the turn of the 19th Century, remarkable women such as Ida Pfeiffer, Isabella Bird, and Mary Kingsley, traveled across the American West and all across the globe, from the Rockies to Africa and the Near and Far East, visiting places and peoples undergoing conquest and colonization. Their remarkable travels and observations remind us of the existence of a “Global West.”
However, in the early decades of the twentieth century, another group of women automotive pioneers, including Emily Post and Winifred Dixon, traversed the Far West and told a very different story of a distinctive and disappearing American frontier.
David Wrobel takes us on these women’s journeys through the lives and landscapes of the past to tell the story of the Global West and the American Frontier that followed, reversing our common assumptions about a distinctively American West.