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        Myth of the West | History Detectives

        The American West is a time both in history and in myth. Outlaws and sheriffs, cowboys and Indians, wide-open plains with herds of buffalo and tumbling tumbleweeds: these are the iconic images of the Old West. These lesson plans are based on History Detectives episodes which examine artifacts that encapsulate the spirit of the American West.

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        History Detectives: The Real Kit Carson

        Through this video and the related lesson plan (under "Support Materials"), students learn about the life of Kit Carson, a famous frontiersman from the 1800s. They then sift through a series of statements about Kit Carson to untangle fact and myth.

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        History Detectives: The Poet Laureate of the West

        In this lesson (Tumbling Tumbleweeds Lesson Plan under "Support Materials"), students watch excerpts from the episode Tumbling Tumbleweeds, in which they learn about Bob Nolan and the Sons of the Pioneers, a Western singing group famous for the song “Tumbling Tumbleweeds.” They then analyze the song in the context of the Myth of the West and the Great Depression.

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        History Detectives: Sons of the Pioneers perform Tumbling Tumbleweeds

        In this lesson (Tumbling Tumbleweeds Lesson Plan under "Support Materials"), students watch excerpts from the episode Tumbling Tumbleweeds, in which they learn about Bob Nolan and the Sons of the Pioneers, a Western singing group famous for the song “Tumbling Tumbleweeds.” They then analyze the song in the context of the Myth of the West and the Great Depression.

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        History Detectives: Powder Keg of Tension

        In the Battle of Washita lesson plan (under "Support Materials"), students watch excerpts from the episode Chief Black Kettle, to learn about The Battle of the Washita, part of the Indian Wars. They then analyze the narrative of the Indian Wars by examining a collection of images that demonstrate the differences between the reality and the rhetoric of Manifest Destiny.

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        History Detectives: Battle Washita

        In the Battle of Washita lesson plan (under support materials), students watch excerpts from the episode Chief Black Kettle, to learn about The Battle of the Washita, part of the Indian Wars. They then analyze the narrative of the Indian Wars by examining a collection of images that demonstrate the differences between the reality and the rhetoric of Manifest Destiny.

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