Season 2, Episode 3 The West: The People

First Aired: September 15, 1996

In Part 1 of the Burns-produced eight-part 1996 chronicle of “The West” (directed by Stephen Ives), paintings, photos and first-person accounts illustrate how life in the West changed after the arrival of whites. Included: native creation legends; the search for the fabled “seven cities of gold,” which led Coronado from Mexico to the Great Plains; the Lewis and Clark expedition, which was crucial to the opening of the frontier; the introduction of horses and its effect on Indian life; and uprisings against Spain in the Southwest. Peter Coyote narrates.

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  • Premiered: October 6, 2002
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  • Premise: A series of documentaries by Ken Burns, including 'The Statue of Liberty,' 'Brooklyn Bridge,' 'Thomas Jefferson' and episodes of 'Jazz' and 'Baseball.' (more)

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