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Evelyn Cameron: Pictures From a Worthy Life

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Presents the story of Evelyn Cameron, an extraordinary woman pioneer who left behind an unrivaled legacy -- thousands of photographic images and thirty-five years of diaries that detailed life in eastern Montana at the turn of the 20th century. From 1894 to1928, Evelyn photographed the changing face of Montana -- horse and cattle drives, sheep herding, the wool trade, the railroad, and the arrival of homesteaders.
DVD
2005
Clemons (Stacks)
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Mountain Men

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"A&E examines the myths, legends and reality surrounding such figures as Kit Carlson and John Colter. This video traces their journeys through the wilderness and relives their astonishing accomplishments."
VHS
1999
Ivy (By Request)
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The West: Episode 1 the People [electronic resource]

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Experience the rich cultural diversity of Native American tribes and the impact that early white explorers had on their lives. Students will learn about the mysterious disappearance of the Anasazi culture and the successful Pueblo revolt against their Spanish conquerors. First-person accounts bring to life the adventures of early explorers, from Cabeza de Vaca, the first white man to enter the West, to the Lewis and Clark expedition
Online
2005; 1996
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The West: Episode 3 the Speck of the Future [electronic resource]

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Through firsthand accounts, relive the rush for gold and other opportunities in the West and witness the effect of westward migrations on Native Americans. While exploring the adventures of the '49ers on the overland trails and witness the prosperity of the gold rush towns like San Francisco, also learn about broken treaties with the Plains Indians and the slaughter of Native American tribes in California
Online
2005; 1996
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The West: Episode 4 Death Runs Riot [electronic resource]

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In the 1850's, more American pioneers moved west, bringing with them slavery and the sparks that would ignite the Civil War. Tactics that had defeated the armies of the South would then begin to be used against the Native Americans of the West.
Online
2005; 1996
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The West: Episode 5 the Grandest Enterprise Under God [electronic resource]

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See how the transcontinental railroad was built, and then how it opened up the West to European settlers and brought on the extermination of the buffalo and the defeat of Southern Plains Indian tribes. Witness the transformation through first-person accounts from Native Americans, European immigrants, Chinese laborers, buffalo hunters, homesteaders from the eastern U.S., and cowboys on the dusty trails leading from Texas
Online
2005; 1996
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The West: Episode 6 Fight No More Forever [electronic resource]

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By the 1870s there were only a few pockets of resistance against the nation's push to conquer the West. On the Great Plains, Sitting Bull followed his mystical visions and urged his Lakota people to fight rather than surrender their sacred Black Hills and traditional way of life. Custer's "Last stand" would also become, in effect, the last stand of the Sioux as a free people. In Utah, the Morman patriarch Brigham Young would be forced to choose between saving his church or sacrificing his spiritual son. Farther west, Chief Joseph of the Nez Perce would find himself helping to lead one of the most extraordinary military compaigns in American history.
Online
2005; 1996
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The West: Episode 7 Geography of Hope [electronic resource]

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Many Americans who set out to change the West found that the West changed them instead. View the broad panorama of western experiences including those of homesteaders and farmers on the Great Plains, Chinese immigrants, Hispanic townspeople in California, Mormons in Utah, the great showman Buffalo Bill Cody, cowboys during the fall of the great ranching boom, African-American sharecroppers searching for a "Promised Land," and Native Americans on the reservations
Online
2005; 1996
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The West: Episode 8 Ghost Dance [electronic resource]

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Discover how mining and industrial expansion changed the West forever, while land rushes and assimilation efforts prolonged the tragedy for Native Americans. Through primary resource materials, explore the West's promise of a better life and learn about a religious movement called the Ghost Dance that swept through dispirited Indian reservations and culminated in the tragedy at Wounded Knee
Online
2005; 1996
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The West: Episode 9 One Sky Above Us [electronic resource]

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Los Angeles steals its water supply, millions of Mexicans migrate north, and Hollywood begins to shape the West and the nation's image of it. At the end of the 19th century, America celebrated the "closing" of the West, but differing historical accounts help us learn how the West's story never ends, and how it continues to influence American life today
Online
2005; 1996
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Westward Expansion [electronic resource]

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American historian, Stephen Ambrose, joins Professors Maier and Miller in examining the consequences of the Louisiana Purchase, for the North, the South, and the history of the country. Topics include the impact of westward expansion and migration on the nation, most notably sowing the seeds of civil war.
Online
2000
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The Speck of the Future

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"The Gold Rush brings the whole world to the West, as 49ers from Asia, South America and the eastern states scramble for 'a share of the rocks, ' littering the hills with mining towns and creating the West's first metropolis. But in the push to strike it rich, many are violently pushed aside."--Http://www.pbs.org.
Online
1996
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Death Runs Riot

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"Civil war comes early to the West. In 'Bleeding Kansas, ' abolitionists battle for free soil. In Utah, federal troops march against Mormon polygamy. And along the Rio Grande, oppressed Mexican Americans rebel. The war between North and South unleashes brute savagery in the West, and leaves behind an army prepared for total war against the native peoples of the plains."--Www.pbs.org.
Online
1996
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The Grandest Enterprise Under God

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"Explores the building of the Pacific railroad. Stretching from Omaha to Sacramento, this incredible feat of engineering and hubris utterly transformed the lands it connected -- previously remote prairies, suddenly there for the taking, attracted peasant farmers who began to plant wheat; cattle ranchers transported their vast herds to markets in the east; swaggering buffalo hunters pillaged native lands; Abilene, Wichita, and Dodge became boom towns. Furthermore, thanks to the increased pace of commerce and the easy accessibility between coasts, the United States became a real contender for world power. Specific topics in this volume include: the politics of funding and commissioning the railroad project, the recruitment of Chinese labor and the appalling death toll, Charles Goodnigh [...]
Online
1996
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Fight No More Forever

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"The federal government tightens its grip on the West, but three bold spirits remain defiant -- Sitting Bull, who prophesies his people's greatest victory but cannot prevent their ultimate defeat; Brigham Young, who must sacrifice a spiritual son to save his church; and Chief Joseph, who triumphs in defeat as an indomitable voice of conscience for the West."--Www.pbs.org.
Online
1996
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The Geography of Hope

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"Newcomers arrive by the millions, bringing a new spirit of conformity to the West. Indian children are taught to forsake their heritage, Mormons are told to abandon a tenet of their faith, and new laws deny Chinese and Mexican Americans a place in society. Yet the legend of the "Wild West" lives on, thanks to the greatest showman of the age."--Www.kpb.org.
Online
1996
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One Sky Above Us

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"As settlers race to claim tribal lands, Native Americans take up the Ghost Dance, trusting in its power to restore a lost way of life until their hopes are crushed at Wounded Knee. The new century marks a new era in the West, an age of aqueducts and smelters. But the West remains what it has always been, a world waiting for a dream."--Www.pbs.org.
Online
1996
18.

Western Towns

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Period photos, first-person accounts, and visits to surviving ghost towns offer a window into the world of the Old West.
Online
2008; 2004
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Buffalo Bill

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Explores how William "Buffalo Bill" Cody's legendary exploits helped create a myth that endures even today. Features the life of the master showman who became part of American history.
DVD
2008
Clemons (Stacks)
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Native American Tech

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"Examines the lives of leaders including Geronimo, Crazy Horse, Red Cloud and Sitting Bull. Describes the decimation of Custer's 7th Cavalry at Little Big Horn and the Cheyenne sacking of Julesburg. Explore how medicine men and surgeons tended to the tribes and their warriors."--Catalog description.
Online
2004