'Red Dead Redemption' Games To Be Used for University Course on American History

Although “often historically inaccurate,” the games still touch on important historical issues.

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A professor at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville will be utilizing Rockstar Games‘ famed Red Dead Redemption series to teach a class on American history.

Professor Tore Olsson took to Twitter to share his plans for his “HIUS 383: Red Dead America” course, which will explore the historical reality behind Red Dead Redemption and Red Dead Redemption 2. He pointed out that although the 2010 game and its 2018 followup are “often historically inaccurate,” the games still touch on several important historical issues between 1899 and 1911 including colonialism, the Jim Crow era, women’s suffrage, wealth inequality and the very real Pinkerton National Detective Agency to name a few.

HIUS 383: Red Dead America will begin in the Fall 2021 semester with a class size capped at 35. The course is, of course, not open to the general public, so fans of the Red Dead series will have to wait and see if Professor Olsson will share his teachings online.

In case you missed it, 2020 was the second-best selling year for Rockstar’s other big title, GTA V.

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