The Resource Ken Burns : The West- 1868 to 1874

Ken Burns : The West- 1868 to 1874

Label
Ken Burns : The West- 1868 to 1874
Title
Ken Burns
Title remainder
The West- 1868 to 1874
Contributor
Film director
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
I see over my own continent the Pacific railroad surmounting every barrier.I see continual trains of cars winding along the Platte, carrying freight and passengers. I hear the locomotives rushing and roaring...- Walt Whitman. It had taken the bloodshed and sacrifice of the Civil War to reunite the nation, North and South. But when the war was over, Americans set out with equal determination to unite the nation, East and West. To do it, they would build a railroad. Its completion would be one of the greatest technological achievements of the age -- signalling at last, as nothing else ever had, that the United States was not only a continental nation, but on its way to becoming a world power. And when the railroad was finally built, the pace of change would shift from the steady gait of a team of oxen, to the powerful surge of a steam locomotive. The West would be transformed. Overnight, the railroad would turn barren spots of earth into raucous boom towns -- North Platte and Julesburg, Abilene, Bear River, Wichita and Dodge. The railroad would allow Civil War veterans, poor farmers from the East and landless peasants from Europe to have a farm they could call their own. There they planted foreign strains of wheat in rich, matted prairie soil that had never known anything but grass. Railroads would carry hundreds of thousands of western longhorns to eastern markets -- and turn the dusty, saddle-sore men who herded them into the idols of every eastern schoolboy. And railroads would bring onto the Great Plains the buffalo hunters -- who would drive a magnificent animal that symbolized the West to the brink of extinction -- and with it a way of life with roots reaching back before recorded history. The railroad would do all of that. But first, someone would have to build it
Cataloging source
CaSfKAN
Characteristic
videorecording
Date time place
Originally produced by PBS in 1996
Runtime
85
Technique
live action
Label
Ken Burns : The West- 1868 to 1874
Link
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Publication
Note
Title from title frames
Antecedent source
unknown
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Configuration of playback channels
unknown
Content category
two-dimensional moving image
Content type code
tdi
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Control code
kan1137164
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (1 video file, approximately 86 min.)
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Level of compression
unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
c
Medium for sound
other
Other physical details
digital, .flv file, sound.
Publisher number
1137164
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
Reformatting quality
unknown
Sound
sound
Sound on medium or separate
sound on medium
Specific material designation
  • other
  • remote
System control number
(OCoLC)908377882
System details
Mode of access: World Wide Web
Video recording format
other
Label
Ken Burns : The West- 1868 to 1874
Link
Publication
Note
Title from title frames
Antecedent source
unknown
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Configuration of playback channels
unknown
Content category
two-dimensional moving image
Content type code
tdi
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Control code
kan1137164
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (1 video file, approximately 86 min.)
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Level of compression
unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
c
Medium for sound
other
Other physical details
digital, .flv file, sound.
Publisher number
1137164
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
Reformatting quality
unknown
Sound
sound
Sound on medium or separate
sound on medium
Specific material designation
  • other
  • remote
System control number
(OCoLC)908377882
System details
Mode of access: World Wide Web
Video recording format
other

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