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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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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Ultimately, Too Much Focus On Native Peoples
16 April 2016 | by See all my reviews

I started watching this series with the apprehension that they may focus too much on happened to Native Americans and portray them solely as innocent victims and portray all whites as evil perpetrators, but I was pleasantly surprised to find a pretty good balance. Yes, whites did do some terrible things to innocent people, but the native tribes also did terrible things to each other. This allowed me to enjoy the series, that is, until the last third. At that point, it seems 80% of the focus was on Native Americans and their plight, and many of the commentators became annoying by trying to wax too poetically in their analyses. It's a shame because some parts, especially the part about the building of the Transcontinental Railroad (episode 5) was very good.


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