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Episode Detail: The West: The Grandest Enterprise Under God - Ken Burns American Stories

Part 5 of the Burns-produced 1996 series “The West” (directed by Stephen Ives) picks up the saga at the end of the Civil War, as work begins on the transcontinental railroad with the goal of uniting the coasts and accelerating settlement of lands west of the Missouri River. Included: how Congress provided loans and millions of acres of land to railroad companies to connect Omaha and Sacramento; the near-extinction of the buffalo. Also: Chinese immigrants' role in tunneling through the Sierra Nevadas; Mormon suffragette Emmeline Wells, who helped Utah's women gain the right to vote; how boisterous cowboys led some towns to hire gunmen such as Wyatt Earp to maintain peace and enforce gun-control laws. 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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