Last summer on Western Skies we gazed into the hazy and complex myths of The West and mystique surrounding cowboy culture. One of our panelists for the Roundtable Discussion was Anne Hyde, Colorado College’s William J. Hochman Professor of History. Hyde is the author of Empires, Nations and Families: A History of the North American West,1800-1860, which just won the prestigious Bancroft Prize from Columbia University. The prize, considered second only to the Pulitzer, goes to the best book on diplomacy or history of the Americas. You can buy it and find out more HERE.

You can listen to our discussion with Anne Hyde, Matt Mayberry and Kim Walker here as they discuss what the West means to the American imagination:

The Myth of the West:

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Roundtable Discussion: Cowboy Myth and Culture, and the Pikes Peak Region

Left-Right: Matt Mayberry, Kim Walker, Anne Hyde. Photo: Noel Black.

 

2 Responses to Listen to Bancroft Prize Winner Anne Hyde on Western Skies

  1. Nancy Wilsted says:

    Well done, Ann! Congratulations on this amazing accomplishment. You must be so proud.

  2. Bill says:

    Buffalo Bill (and by extension his Wild West Show) deserved a lot more than a glancing reference in this discussion.

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