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The West 

Stephen Ives' "The West" is a PBS 4-Video Series co-produced by Ken Burns: - "Death Runs Riot" 85 min. - "Fight No More Forever" 85 min. - "Ghost Dance" 58 min. - "The People" 82 min.




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Series cast summary:
Peter Coyote ...  Himself - Narrator 9 episodes, 1996
N. Scott Momaday N. Scott Momaday ...  Himself - Writer 8 episodes, 1996
Murphy Guyer Murphy Guyer ...  Himself 8 episodes, 1996
John Trudell ...  Himself 8 episodes, 1996
Eli Wallach ...  Himself / ... 8 episodes, 1996
Arthur Miller ...  Himself 7 episodes, 1996
T.H. Watkins T.H. Watkins ...  Himself - Writer / ... 6 episodes, 1996
Richard White Richard White ...  Himself - Historian 6 episodes, 1996
Philip Bosco ...  Himself 6 episodes, 1996
John Lithgow ...  Himself / ... 6 episodes, 1996
Dayton Duncan Dayton Duncan ...  Himself - Writer 5 episodes, 1996
Adam Arkin ...  Himself 5 episodes, 1996
Tantoo Cardinal ...  Herself 5 episodes, 1996
Hector Elizondo ...  Himself / ... 5 episodes, 1996
Zahn McClarnon ...  Himself 5 episodes, 1996
August Schellenberg ...  Himself 5 episodes, 1996
Daniel von Bargen ...  Himself / ... 5 episodes, 1996
Blythe Danner ...  Herself / ... 4 episodes, 1996
Peter Gallagher ...  Himself 4 episodes, 1996
Julie Harris ...  Herself 4 episodes, 1996
Derek Jacobi ...  Himself 4 episodes, 1996
Jason Robards ...  Himself - Brigham Young / ... 4 episodes, 1996
George Plimpton ...  Himself / ... 4 episodes, 1996


This documentary covers the history of the American West from the Native American tribes to their encounter with Europeans and how the Europeans conquered them and settled the land. In telling this story, the film takes into the account to both the viewpoints of Indians and other minorities to balance the white populations history. Written by Kenneth Chisholm <kchishol@execulink.com>

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15 September 1996 (USA) See more »

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Another "Evil White Man" Revisionist History
29 August 2014 | by docweaselbandSee all my reviews

The series elides over mentions of how the Apache and Sioux displaced the Cheyenne and other tribes, and how the Spaniards and then Mexicans took over the SouthWest, but none of these are disparaged or spoken of as having "stolen" the land from anyone. Only the evil white Americans "stole" the land and displaced rightful owners.

Also, much is made of the extermination of Indians. I used to live in Tuscarawas County, Ohio. There were once Tuscarawas Indians, but they were extinct, because the Iroquois had warred upon them and broken up their villages and driven every last one they didn't kill or enslave into the forests where they died of exposure and hunger. This was repeated throughout the continent and the history of the American Indian. They should surely have understood genocide and extermination of enemies, because that is how they regularly waged war.

Every piece of land in the world, from the Americas, to Europe, to Asia, Africa and Australia was conquered and displaced the previous residents, most many, many times over, throughout history. But the only time conquering territory and displacing and killing the previous inhabitants is evil: when the Americans did it. The Americans, the most selfless, righteous and generous people history has ever known, who gave their blood and treasure to rescue the Cubans, Phillipinos, all of Europe twice, the Far East, Iraq and Afghanistan and Korea and Vietnam and unlike all the superpowers of the past, the USA never took territory nor enslaved people other than in the contiguous N. American continent (Hawaii joined voluntarily).

Ken Burns did an admirable job of not taking sides in The Civil War, notwithstanding Barbara Fields constant scolding ("I grow impatient with people who say Lincoln couldn't have freed the slaves faster because of the times"). The PC left got to him about that, I'm sure, and everything he's done since then, Jazz, Baseball, The War, The West has focused on minorities, white man's injustice, women's rights and over-played these groups actual contribution, notwithstanding 99% of the history, like the Civil War, was driven by the people who actually did the actions that made history. Like it or not, Howard Zinn fans, those were white Americans.

Quit distorting history with liberal guilt. The conquest of North America was the greatest thing that ever happened in the history of the world, and had the most beneficial results for the entire world, blacks, Indians and all other minorities included. They are all better off in the United States, imperfect as it was and is, than anywhere else in the world.

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