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The Great Indian Wars 1840-1890 (1991)

| Documentary, War, Western
Documentation of the encroachment of European settlers upon Native American lands and the violent reaction of the Indians in their struggle to survive.


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An intensive review of the settlement of the American west and the reaction of various Indian tribes and Indian figureheads in their struggle to defend their homelands against pioneers and the United States Army providing an intriguing description of the Indian Wars. The presentation covers major campaigns and some minor revolts by the Indians with intriguing and creative uses of film stock and authentic stills. Written by usaforrest

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A decent series of documentaries, though a bit dry
8 October 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The reality is, Ken Burns and his magnificence have spoiled us when it comes to broad, sweeping documentaries on topics as wide ranging and diverse as "the Great Indian Wars". Burns is in a league of his own, and it is unfair to everyone else who attempts to do documentaries on any subject that he is so good and so well known. After all, everything pales in comparison. His western documentary is, of course, greatly superior to this collection, but the advantage this collection has is that it is focused almost exclusively on the tragic history of the native American, US Military conflicts. Sure, it is dry. It would have benefited from some music other than Indian drumming. It is a good primer though on the conflicts that comprised a 50-60 year period of American history and it wets the thirst for those who so desire to, study in more depth the subject at hand. All in all, a very good documentary set for a low price.

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