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This much-honored PBS documentary series explores American history, one topic or person at a time. Its Peabody Award winners include profiles of FDR and Malcolm X, and such diverse topics as Nixon's 1972 trip to China, the controversy surrounding `Citizen (more…)

Premiered: October 4, 1988

Rating: TV-PG

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Season 7, Episode 8 The Way West: Westward, the Course of Empire Takes Its Way

First Aired: May 8, 1995

Ric Burns' "The Way West," a chronicle of the American expansion west of the Mississippi and its tragic consequences for Native Americans. Part 1 examines how millions were inspired to strike out for new territories. Included: tensions between settlers and Native Americans; the 1864 Sand Creek Massacre. Russell Baker is the narrator.