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One Sky Above Us

As the 20th century neared, Americans celebrated with the World Columbian Exposition.

Ghost Dance

As settlers race to claim tribal lands, Native Americans take up the Ghost Dance.

The Geography of Hope

Newcomers arrive by the millions, bringing a spirit of conformity to the West.

Fight No More Forever

The federal government tightens its grip on the West.

The Grandest Enterprise Under God

A triumph of the human spirit, the transcontinental railroad opens a new era in the West.

Death Runs Riot

Civil war comes early to the West.

Speck of the Future

The Gold Rush brings the whole world to the West.

Empire Upon the Trails

Americans head west along many pathways.

The People

The West begins as the whole world to the people who live there. It becomes a New World.

About The West

A nine-part series chronicling the turbulent history of one of the most extraordinary landscapes on earth. Beginning when the land belonged only to Native Americans and ending in the 20th century, the film introduces unforgettable characters whose competing dreams transformed the land. It was a tragic, inspiring intersection where the best of us met the worst of us—and nothing was left unchanged.

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