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Episode Detail: The West: The Speck of the Future - Ken Burns American Stories

Part 3 of the Burns-produced 1996 chronicle of the West (directed by Stephen Ives) details the 1848 discovery of gold in California and how it transformed the West. In the following year, more than 50,000 settlers (“'49ers”) would travel to California in search of riches, including farmer William Swain, whose letters reveal a passion that was shared by the majority of the treasure-seekers and the disappointment that met most of them. Included: frustrated '49ers who turned their anger on nonwhites, often aided by local laws; the truth behind legendary onetime mountain man Kit Carson; the Fort Laramie treaty, which brought a fragile peace to native tribes; and the gold rush's impact on San Francisco. Peter Coyote narrates.

Episodes: Ken Burns American Stories (32)

1/15/2003: Mark Twain    Season 1, Episode 8
12/16/2002: Thomas Hart Benton    Season 1, Episode 11
11/4/2002: Thomas Jefferson    Season 1, Episode 5
10/28/2002: Thomas Jefferson    Season 1, Episode 4
10/14/2002: Frank Lloyd Wright    Season 1, Episode 3
10/7/2002: Frank Lloyd Wright    Season 1, Episode 2
1/14/2002: Mark Twain    Season 1, Episode 7
1/24/2001: Jazz: Risk (1945-1955)    Season 1, Episode 20
1/23/2001: Jazz: Dedicated to Chaos (1940-1945)    Season 1, Episode 19
1/15/2001: Jazz: The True Welcome (1929-1935)    Season 1, Episode 9
1/10/2001: Jazz: Our Language (1924-1928)    Season 1, Episode 18
11/8/1999: Not for Ourselves Alone: The Story of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony    Season 1, Episode 22
11/7/1999: Not for Ourselves Alone: The Story of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony    Season 1, Episode 21
11/5/1997: Lewis & Clark: The Journey of the Corps of Discovery    Season 2, Episode 2
11/4/1997: Lewis & Clark: The Journey of the Corps of Discovery    Season 2, Episode 1
9/24/1996: The West: One Sky Above Us    Season 2, Episode 10
9/23/1996: The West: The Geography of Hope    Season 2, Episode 9
9/22/1996: The West: Fight No More Forever    Season 2, Episode 8
9/19/1996: The West: The Grandest Enterprise Under God    Season 2, Episode 7
9/17/1996: The West: Death Runs Riot    Season 2, Episode 6
9/17/1996: The West: The Speck of the Future    Season 2, Episode 5
9/16/1996: The West: Empire upon the Trails    Season 2, Episode 4
9/15/1996: The West: The People    Season 2, Episode 3
9/26/1994: Baseball: The Capital of Baseball (1950-1960)    Season 1, Episode 16
9/26/1994: Baseball: The National Pastime (1940-1950)    Season 1, Episode 15
9/22/1994: Baseball: Shadow Ball (1930-1940)    Season 1, Episode 14
1/29/1992: Empire of the Air: The Men Who Made Radio    Season 1, Episode 10
3/20/1989: The Congress    Season 1, Episode 17
10/15/1986: Huey Long    Season 1, Episode 13
10/25/1985: The Statue of Liberty    Season 1, Episode 1
8/7/1985: The Shakers: Hands to Work, Hearts to God    Season 1, Episode 12
5/24/1982: Brooklyn Bridge    Season 1, Episode 6

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Premiered: October 06, 2002, on PBS
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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.'

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