The West (1996)
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The Geography of Hope 

The conquest of the West was nearly complete by the 1870s. In one remarkable decade, with Indians effectively confined to reservations, over four million new settlers arrived to stake their claim to the future.

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Stephen Ives

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Peter Coyote ... Himself - Narrator (voice)
Richard White Richard White ... Himself - Historian
Bertha Calloway Bertha Calloway ... Herself - Curator
William Gwaltney William Gwaltney ... Himself - Historian (as Bill Gwaltney)
Stewart L. Udall Stewart L. Udall ... Himself - Former Secretary of the Interior
Marc Reisner Marc Reisner ... Himself - Writer
Roger Welsch Roger Welsch ... Himself - Folklorist
T.H. Watkins T.H. Watkins ... Himself - Writer
Rick Williams Rick Williams ... Himself - Lakota
Henrietta Mann Henrietta Mann ... Herself - Southern Cheyenne
Charlotte Black Elk Charlotte Black Elk ... Herself - Lakota
Ronald Takaki Ronald Takaki ... Himself - Historian
Rudolfo Anaya Rudolfo Anaya ... Himself - Historian
Mildred Cleghorn Mildred Cleghorn ... Herself - Fort Still Apache
Mary Armstrong Mary Armstrong ... Herself - Southern Cheyenne
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The conquest of the West was nearly complete by the 1870s. In one remarkable decade, with Indians effectively confined to reservations, over four million new settlers arrived to stake their claim to the future.

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21 September 1996 (USA) See more »

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Richard White, historian, guest commentator: The (American) West is about possibilities. And sometimes the price of success of one group's possibilities is going to be the ending of possibilities for another group. Americans aren't wrong in seeing the West as the land of the future, of seeing a land in which astonishing things are possible. What they often are wrong about is that there's no price to be paid for that (success)--that everybody can succeed or that even what succeeds is necessarily the best for everyone concerned. The West is much more complicated than that. See more »

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Himself - Narrator: Anti-Chinese violence broke out across the West. In Rock Springs, Wyoming, whites murdered 28 Chinese. In Tacoma, state militiamen had to be called in to restore order. The Chinese in Seattle were rounded up, pushed onto boats and forced out to sea.
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