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Los Angeles steals its water supply, millions of Mexicans migrate north, and Hollywood begins to shape the West and the nation's image of it.
By the late 1880's, Americans were astounded by the changes they had brought to the West.
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.
By the 1870s, only a few groups resisted the nation's push to conquer the West.
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- Premiered: September 15, 1996
- Rating: None
- Premise: Director Stephen Ives' eight-part history of the West blends paintings, photographs and narrated first-person accounts to depict how life in the region changed following the arrival of Europeans in the 16th century. (more)