March 21, 1997 |
It's the kind of thing a historian lives for: coming across never-published letters and postcards written in the field by an officer of the 7th Cavalry who fought at the Battle of the Little Big Horn. The battle, in which Gen. George Armstrong Custer split his men into three battalions, resulted in the deaths of Custer and more than 200 of his men. The correspondence, chronicling the battle on June 25, 1876, and the Army's monthslong campaign against the Plains Indians, was written by 2nd Lt.
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February 8, 1997 |
Bowers Museum officials said Friday that they will not change a program planned for later this month about African American soldiers who fought Indians, despite a protest and hunger strike by a Newport Beach Cherokee. Six members of the African Cultural Arts Council, which is sponsoring the program, and a spokesman for Bowers met Thursday night at the Santa Ana museum with August Spivey, 53, of Newport Beach, who argued that the program should present the battles as a "dark spot" in history.
September 13, 1996 |
Worried that you can't get to the TV set at 8 every night for "The West"? Doubtful that you'll remember--and remember how--to set your VCR to tape it? Not to worry: PBS is making it easier for you to watch the 12 1/2-hour centerpiece of its fall season. The noncommercial network is airing each episode twice a night, back to back. It's the first time PBS has tried this with a series.
September 13, 1996 |
It appears that the manifest destiny of PBS is to be the nation's unofficial historian. Where else on television, at least, are there so many historical documentaries covering the country's evolution, so many big-budget, thick, glossy slabs resembling posh picture books on coffee tables?
September 10, 1996 |
Ken Burns counts out on the fingers of both hands, in order, his films for PBS. They are 10--from "Brooklyn Bridge" in 1981, which drew an Oscar nomination, through "Civil War," which made him rather rich as well as famous, "Baseball" and now "The West." But "The West," which kicks off PBS' fall season Sunday, is different from the rest.
July 19, 1996 |
The fine focus is gone from the memory now. All Pat Ramsey can recall is an indistinct image of a picture hanging in her grandparents' house in Sacramento. "I remember somebody saying that behind the picture frame was something my grandfather didn't want to talk about," says Carmel resident Ramsey, 68. In Mary Murray's case, it was not a photograph but a book she wasn't supposed to discuss.