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Speck of the Future : The West, a Film by Stephen Ives

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Summary

  • Through first-hand accounts, viewers relive the rush for gold and other opportunities in the West and witness the effect of westward migrations on Native Americans. This program explores the adventures of the '49ers on the overland trails and witness the prosperity of the gold rush towns like San Francisco, as well as broken treaties with the Plains Indians and the slaughter of Native American tribes in California.

Notes

  • Encoded with permission for digital streaming by Films Media Group on September 23, 2011.
  • Films on Demand is distributed by Films Media Group for Films for the Humanities & Sciences, Cambridge Educational, Meridian Education, and Shopware.
  • Mode of access: Internet.
  • System requirements: FOD playback platform.

Contents

  • Prophecy of Gold Miners & First Discovery (2:48) -- Gold Rush, People Rush (2:44) -- A Changed & Whole America (1:21) -- Word of Gold Gets Out (2:54) -- Easy & Popular Treasure (2:37) -- Chief Joseph: Powerlessness (0:49) -- Transportation & Igniting Desire (3:11) -- Forty-niners (3:35) -- Difficulty on the Trail (2:36) -- Notes from the Journey (1:22) -- Kit Carson, Real & Imagined (2:23) -- Swain's Journey to Continental Divide (1:44) -- Donner Party & Temptation of Shortcuts (1:52) -- Punishing Shortcuts & Landing in California (3:15) -- Native American Perspective (1:12) -- Crowds in California (2:47) -- Immigration Rush (2:29) -- "The Diggings" (2:03) -- Finding & Spending (1:02) -- Gambling in Mining Towns (2:34) -- Prostitution (0:44) -- Rare & Entrepreneurial Women (2:02) -- Disease, Starvation, & Warfare Among Plains Tribes (2:36) -- Fort Laramie Treaty (3:01) -- Broken Peace, Broken Trust (1:35) -- Vallejo & Statehood (1:18) -- Overcrowding, Racism, & Foreign Miners Tax (2:34) -- Racist Aggression Against Chinese Miners (1:09) -- Vallejo, Betrayed (2:11) -- San Francisco Boom (2:27) -- San Francisco Enterprise (2:16) -- Golden Years in SF (0:53) -- Native American Starvation & Injustice (4:44) -- Gold Rush Genocide (2:31) -- When to Quit? (2:21) -- Breaking Even & Returning Home (1:49) -- Moving On From California (2:34) -- John Sutter's Ruin (1:31) -- End of Swain's Story (1:07) -- Credits: Speck of the Future: The West, a Film by Stephen Ives (2:39)
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