What happens when a nation faces the collapse of one of its founding and enduring myths? In The End of the Myth: From the Frontier to the Border Wall in the Mind of America (Metropolitan Books, 2019) Greg Grandin, a prize-winning Yale historian, explores the long- standing lore of America’s ever-expanding frontier, those areas just beyond its borders or sphere of influence that awaits its conquest or domination. Now we have the new belief that a border wall with Mexico will reinvigorate us. Grandin’s perception is that American extremism has always flowed from the border. In this study group, we will read Grandin’s book, explore his bold and subversive hypothesis, and, with the aid of supplementary material and discussion, reach our own conclusions. No class on 10/09/19. Make-up class on 12/18/19.