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Prairie Dogs: Animals of Manifest Destiny

From 1840–1869, 300,000 people crossed the American continent to the California gold fields or to the Oregon farms. They encountered animals new to them like the buffalo or grizzly bear, but also discovered a member of the ground squirrel family–the prairie dog. The emigrants compared the perceived lives of the rodents to those that they wished to create for themselves in their new homes. The prairie dog, to them, symbolized the new nation, a nation of democratic-republican expansionists.


Diana Ahmad, Ph.D.

Diana Ahmad, Ph.D.

Dr. Diana Ahmad is a Curators’ Distinguished Teaching Professor of American history at the Missouri University of Science and Technology. She specializes in the history of the American West, especially drugs and sex, as well as animals on the Overland ... read more

Date: Tue, Feb 9, 2021

Delivery Method: Live Online

Time: 10-11:15am CT

Platform: Zoom

Instructor: Diana Ahmad Ph.D.

Fee: $10

Enrollment Limit: 300

Program Number: SPRI:306

Registration opens Tue, Jan 12, 2021.