By Kristian Stipe, Guest Blogger, M.S. in Material Science from University of Montana Henrietta Lacks was born Loretta Pleasant, on August 1st, 1920. Lacks grew up in Virginia, raised by her grandfather, where she worked on a tobacco farm from a young age. At 14, Lacks gave birth to her first son, Lawrence. … More Henrietta Lacks: An Introduction to the Debate
By Adam Negri In the spring of 1866, Leander W. Johnson, also known as “Big” Johnson, was spotted by two residents of Deer Lodge driving a number of cattle towards Blackfoot City. This likely would not have aroused suspicion of any passerby if, however, the citizens of Deer Lodge valley had not been keeping a … More Local Committees of Montana: Hanging “Big” Johnson and the Gallatin County Re-Entry Program
The department of History and Philosophy at Montana State University is offering a slate of interesting and engaging courses this upcoming Fall. Before you register for classes, be sure you know all your possibilities! (note that some courses have prerequisites) HSTA 101: American History 1 History of the colonial world of the Americas and … More History Courses Being offered at Montana State University Fall 2018
By Anthony Wood The American West—which in the late 19th century was the most ethnically diverse region in the country—is now home to fourteen of the twenty whitest states in the nation. By in large, historians continue to grapple with this incongruity by expressing it as a demographic event wherein the number of white migrants … More Whitening the Western Body
By Marley McLaughlin In the early 2000s, researcher and journalist Marla Cone published a book unlike anything the field of environmental history could have predicted; her book, Silent Snow: the Slow Poising of the Arctic, cites that over 67 tons of Polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) along with other “Dirty Dozen” so-called legacy mass contaminants (DDT, miradex, … More The Environment, the Body, and the Poisoned Arctic Ocean: Observations on Marla Cone’s Book, Silent Snow: the Slow Poisoning of the Arctic
Join us and The Center for Western Lands and Peoples for the next installment of their Western Film Series on Thursday, February 24th at 6 pm in the Museum of the Rockies’ Hager Auditorium. The evening’s screening will be The Searchers (1956), with an introduction by Professor Andrew Patrick Nelson.