These blog posts were written as part of a class assignment for History 160D at Montana State University. Students were asked to write a paper investigating whether or not one of the myths commonly told about the American West was true. The assignment was broken into several parts to allow students the opportunity to revise and improve their work. The blog posts are a result of their efforts.

Amanda ProfileDr. Amanda Hendrix-Komoto is an assistant professor at Montana State University where she teaches courses on the American West, public history, and American women. She received her PhD from the University of Michigan in 2015. She also has an MEd in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and a BA from the College of Idaho. Her research focuses on Mormon missionary work in the Pacific and the American West.

Ms. Jennifer Dunn is a PhD student at Montana State University, where she focuses on the intersections of environmental and cultural history. She has an MA from Montana State and a BA from Dickinson College in Pennsylvania. Her dissertation research examines the response of individual communities to their designation as superfund sites. She has also worked extensively in higher education administration.

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