Jennifer Andrella

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Ph.D. Student

My research pertains to Native American History and United States Social and Cultural History during the nineteenth century. I am interested in the historical relationship between Northern Plains Indian tribes and European Americans as efforts were made to develop the West and incorporate it into the East. The portrayal and reality of this tumultuous period differ vastly, as the romanticism of triumphs and tragedies altered its remembrance. The “Mythical West” encompassed specific people and events which aligned more closely with nostalgia than truth. I will reinterpret the meaning of American expansionism through alternative approaches using art, music, narratives and other forms of media. As a result, I aspire to decipher the meaning and memory of the West to redefine the stories, cultures, and people who inhabited the unknown.