Z Online Class: A Zoom invitation link will be sent one day before each class session begins.
George Washington predicted that Americans would move west “faster [than] anyone could imagine.” Join us in this class as we focus on women of all races and cultures who fulfilled Washington’s prediction. This class is not just for women, but for men as well. Susan will lead us on an exciting trip through the history of the American West, during which we will discover a slightly different version of the history behind these journeys westward. We will learn about the brouhaha over the Louisiana Purchase, and the true motivations of the heroes of the Alamo. We will hear the story of a woman who became a judge in 1869 Wyoming, and a Michigan woman who owned the most successful gold mine in 1880s Montana. Before the course is finished, we will discuss to what extent these experiences created the American persona.
Susan Nenadic holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in history and English. She is known for her integration of history and literature in teaching, and is the author of several books and articles, including A Purse of Her Own: Occupations of 19th Century Women, and Legendary Locals of Ann Arbor. Susan currently leads Friends of Amoru, a nonprofit organization building a secondary school in Uganda.