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The Tuskegee News, September 12, 1996, Page 5 Burns' series 'The West' premieres Sept. 15 on Public TV lmmaker Ken Burns presents "The West," a ~art documentary that premieres 15 on Public TV. is a land that has ahvays captured America's a land of vast distances and breath- beauty. A land of heroes and tall tales. it has also been a battleground, between and nature, and between men of different - old world and new. ~ard-winning filmmakers Ken Bums and Ives explore the incredible history of land in an epic &part documentary, Tile premiering Sunday, September 15 at 8 on Alabama Public Television. Burns, who produced the landmark series Civil War" and "Baseball," says, "In every involved in, I've been pursuing one )le question: \Vho are we? The history of the L speaks to us clearly and frankly about who ate, and it's impossible to imagine what would be without the West." understand how the West has shaped the ,~rican character and history, Burns and Ives pushed well beyond the often misleading of "How the West was Won." As Burns " What we're try to do is put our arms a diverse, utterly American family that involves Native Americans, African Americans, Asian Americans and see this as a broad story of tan nature and character. of us who researched and created this see the West as a meeting, place of peo- cultures and myths, and of dreams for Americans that more often than not with existing cultures. that isn't the whole story. The larger truth about the West is more complicated - and much more compelling." As in all his works, Burns is driv(!n by' tile desire to keep history alive. 'Th~ thing that ensures that we'll have a future is an awareness of the past," he says. "tlistory has lost its impel tance in ,.mr lives, in part because teach( rs no longer teach it very well, and in part because of the distraction of t[4evision." Yet. Burns believes the pc,,ver of television can help us teach and understand history better than ever. "I'm ahvays looking for ways in which we cml share the American experience." To make the most of this special series, each prot;q-am will be broadcast twice, back to back. This will give more people a chance 1o watch each program. G ~ 1 Motors. which was the sole C~Wl)orate encra funder for Burns' series "The Civil \Var'" and "~" ," 11" also provided the funding tot "The t~ascoa , West." GM has committed to tund the filmmak- er's work through the year 2,000. BEST BETS September 14 - 20 Sept. 15 -- TIlE WEST - (8 p. m. and 9:3(I p. m.) "The People (to 1806)" Filmmak(w Ken Burns' epic saga of the American \V(st begins with America's first inhabitants. Across two mil- lion square miles of the most specta(ular land- scape on earth, the original Native American inhabitants linked their creation stori(,s to majestic mountains, pristine rivers, searing deserts and silent forests. To the Europeans, the West was a wfldcrness to be conquered ~ filled with boundless trea- sure, souls to save and new territories to explore. Part one of eight. MONDAY, September 16 THE WEST (8 p. Register now for Fall Quarter at Southern Union Campus: Mon., Sept. 16th, 1996 Campus: Tues., Sept. 17, 1996 Campus: Wed., Sept 18, 1996 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. EDT 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. C 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. CDT SOUTHERN UNION Statc Community College must d a runO~ a speCJ Lop no~ tans fo~ ember t g our 3! reme’~ ith the :ecking na R. kegee : after and Ld run cott t cost 11 Convenient Locations al after Mayor' mcil rved O. Gray, jire Box B30239 Alabama 36083 m. & 9 p. m.) "Empire Upon the Trails (1806- 1848) In the early 1800s, no one knew who would con- trol the seemingly infinitt, spaces of the West. ttopeful Americans now began moving there nev- ertheless, and th(' individual trails they fblh)wed eventually merged into the single path of "Manifest Destiny." Regardless of their individual reasons fbr going west, once ttwy ~()t there, the Americans soon determined t() make the West - all of it - their own. TUESDAY, Sept. 17 "'FILE WEST (8 p. m. & 9 p. m.) "The Speck of the Future (1848-1856)." In 1848, a sawmill worker named ,lames Marshall reached down into the streambed of the American River in California and came up with the future of tile West in the palm of his hand. Ite had discovered gold. During the next year ahme, in one of the most astounding human stampedes in history, more than 50,000 fortune-seekers swarmed into the Sierra Nevada in a headlong scramble for riches. WEDNESDAY, Sept. 18 THE REST (8 p.m. and 9:30 p. m. "Death Runs Riot (1856-1868)" The West had always symbolized hope and nex~ beginnings, but in the 1850s, as more AmericaL pioneers poured west to start over, they brought with them the nation's oldest, most divisive issue - slavery. The rough frontier would supply the sparks that ignited the Civil War. Thursday Sept. 19 THE WEST (8 p.m. & 9:30 p.m. "The Grandest Enterprise Under God (1868-1874)" After the Civil War reunited North and South Americans set out with renewed energy and opti-. mism to finally unite the nation, East and West To do this, they embarked on one of the greatest technological achievements of the age - building the first transcontinental railroad. The bindint of the country by iron rails would signal, as noth ing else had, that the United States was not onl3 a continental nation, but an emerging world power. FRIDAY, Sept. 20 CITIZENS '96- (9 p.m.) "Election Year Survival Guide" The fifth broadcast of this election year seritB offers helpful tips and detailed information w help voters analyze debates, decide political corn mereials and finances. ’ Thank You Thank You Thank You Rozell Chappell, Jr. City Councilman- Elect Place 1 Dear Citizens Thank you for your tremendous vote of confidence on August 27th. your prayers and votes won a victory for all of us in Tuskegee. I am honored to serve you. With our low $19.95 monthly rate plan! (Special rate plan available for limited time only.) $ 95 Tele TAC 200 Hand Held Phone • Talk PAK battery • 12 memory locations • Weighs only 9.9 oz. 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