Ken Burns: The West

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The People
The West begins as the whole world to the people who live there. It becomes a New World when Europeans arrive, a world shaken by incompatible visions. And almost three…
Empire Upon the Trails
The American realizes that 'Progress is God.' The destiny of the American people is to subdue the continent -- to rush over this vast field to the Pacific Ocean... to…
Speck of the Future
There are all kinds of people on earth that you will meet some day... They will be looking for a certain stone. They will be people who do not get…
Death Runs Riot
"Time after time, Congress and the people in the East saw the West as a safety valve, a place where you could go and escape the problems of where you…
The Grandest Enterprise Under God
I see over my own continent the Pacific railroad surmounting every barrier. I see continual trains of cars winding along the Platte, carrying freight and passengers. I hear the locomotives…
Fight No More Forever
My father was the first to see through the schemes of the white men....He said: "My son...when I am gone...you are the chief of these people....Always remember that your father…
The Geography of Hope
"Americans aren't wrong in seeing the West as a land of the future, a land in which astonishing things are possible. What they often are wrong about is that there's…
One Sky Above Us
By 1887, the West was changing faster than ever before. Americans were moved by the same impulses that had always moved them, to better their own lives and transform the…

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Empire Upon the Trails - 1806 to 1848
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One Sky Above Us - 1887 to 1914
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By 1887, the West was changing faster than ever before. Americans were moved by the same impulses that had always moved them, to better their own lives and transform the region in the process. Now their numbers soared, and they brought with them the tools of the new industrial age.…
The Geography of Hope - 1877 to 1887
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Speck of the Future - 1848 to 1856
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There are all kinds of people on earth that you will meet some day... They will be looking for a certain stone. They will be people who do not get tired, but who will keep pushing forward, going, going all the time... These people do not follow the way of…
Fight No More Forever - 1874 to 1877
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My father was the first to see through the schemes of the white men....He said: "My son...when I am gone...you are the chief of these people....Always remember that your father never sold his country....This country holds your father's body. Never sell the bones of your father and mother." I pressed…
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I see over my own continent the Pacific railroad surmounting every barrier. I see continual trains of cars winding along the Platte, carrying freight and passengers. I hear the locomotives rushing and roaring... - Walt Whitman It had taken the bloodshed and sacrifice of the Civil War to reunite the…