As the 20th century neared, Americans celebrated with the World Columbian Exposition.
As settlers race to claim tribal lands, Native Americans take up the Ghost Dance.
Newcomers arrive by the millions, bringing a spirit of conformity to the West.
The federal government tightens its grip on the West.
A triumph of the human spirit, the transcontinental railroad opens a new era in the West.
Civil war comes early to the West.
The Gold Rush brings the whole world to the West.
Americans head west along many pathways.
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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