Use the readings through week 3 to analyze the song’s various meanings and references to the experience of American history.

Find Natalie Merchant’s song “Gold Rush Brides.” Listen to it. Enjoy it. Read the Lyrics.
Using the history of westward expansion. Write a 2-3 page response to and interpretation of “Gold Rush Brides,” its music and lyrics. Use the readings through week 3 to analyze the song’s various meanings and references to the experience of American history. When thinking about the song, consider its point of view and the ways in which it’s point of view upholds or challenges dominate cultural understandings of the “Wild West.”

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