The West-Volume 3 (1996)

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The West chronicles the remarkable history of one of the most extraordinary landscapes on earth from the times of earliest Native Americans, and continuing into the 20th Century.

Fight No More Forever (1874- 1877)
In 1874-1877 only a few groups still resisted America's westward push. On the Great Plains, Sitting Bull followed his mystical visions and urged his Lakota people to fight rather than surrender the sacred Black Hills and their Traditional way of life. Chief Joseph led one of the most extraordinary military campaigns in American history and this remarkable man became the symbol of pride, dignity and the plight of all Native Americans.

The Geography Of Hope (1877- 1887)
With Indians effectively confined to reservations, some 4.5million new settlers arrived to stake a claim to the future. Homesteaders proudly built homes of prairie sod, then battled drought and hard times to keep them. As Americans tried to tame the West, the great showman Buffalo Bill Cody offered adoring crowds his enthusiastic version of the "Wild West" heroic, glorious, romantic and most of all, mythical.

One Sky Above Us (1887- 1914)
By the turn of the century, America was a nation transformed. Once tiny mining towns like Montana were now full-fledged cities. Native American cultures that had once dominated the Plains were overwhelmed by a new culture epitomised by the Okalahoma Land rush that brought 100,000 settlers and bustling towns onto land that not long ago had been Indian sanctuary's. In many ways the West was still what it had always been that is a landscape of imagination, hope, dreams, aspirations, conflict and infinite possibility.
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