“When I signed up for Patty Limerick’s History of the American West course, I stumbled upon the vibrant, hidden story of the American West – the one not told in textbooks . . . here was that same feeling, that hybrid of both unshakeable loneliness and hope. I found it inside of mines and miners, in the plains, in the Japanese forced into internment camps, in the selling off of cattle ranches in record numbers, and in the American Indian civil rights movement."