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'Westward Movement Series' Continues At Monroe Library

Hamish Lutris
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MONROE, Conn. -- The Edith Wheeler Memorial Library, 733 Monroe Turnpike, Monroe, will present "The Westward Movement Series: Part 3 Hell on Wheels: The Wild West" at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 12.

The snow date is Tuesday, Jan. 19.

The speaker will be Hamish Lutris, associate professor of history at Housatonic Community College.

From 1850-90, the West was a dangerous place, one that took a high human toll before it was "civilized" in the 1880s and 1890s. This talk will focus on three aspects of that danger: cattle, which drew cowboys and big business out west; Native Americans, who contested that expansion doggedly; and the railroad, which served to draw the nation together and subjugate Native Americans.

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