New Perspectives on THE WEST pioneers a new dimension in educational outreach support. Designed to complement THE WEST, the site assembles many of the documentary materials that went into the making of this landmark series and highlights the new perspectives it affords on this much-surveyed part of our past.
This unique educational resource is made possible by General Motors Corporation as part of its commitment to sharing the American experience through outreach programming that meets the needs of today's students.
Developed in response to students' enthusiasm for the interactive environment of the Internet, it brings our nation's frontier heritage into contact with the technological frontier of our own day, offering educators a valuable tool for stimulating research, discovery and intellectual growth. Together with the documentary series that is its foundation, New Perspectives on THE WEST can help students -- and all with an interest in this region's fabled history -- see beyond the stereotypes that still obscure our view of the American West and begin to recognize how profoundly the West still shapes our experience as Americans today.
Explore the West
New Perspectives on THE WEST offers the opportunity to take a guided tour through the history of the American West, following in the footsteps of filmmakers Ken Burns and Stephen Ives, or to strike out across this historical landscape on one's own. Apart from the guided tour, the web site does not present a narrative history of the West. Instead, it presents the elements of Western history -- profiles, documents, images -- and encourages visitors to link these into patterns of historical meaning for themselves. Hyperlinks throughout the site are designed to facilitate this process of discovery, while at the same time providing access to background information for anyone hoping to learn more about incidents portrayed in THE WEST.
The five main sections of New Perspectives on THE WEST are:
Beyond these core sections, New Perspectives on THE WEST also offers:
Links to the West
A selection of Internet resources on the history of the American West, including many universities, state information agencies, state historical societies and Native American organizations.
Meet the Makers of the West
A chance to join Ken Burns and Stephen Ives behind the scenes, and to learn more about the many talented men and women who contributed to the project.
Test Your Knowledge of the West
A small collection of interactive games and puzzles designed to help visitors become familiar with the resources of the web site and with a variety of Western lore.
A section filled with fun and unique ideas to teach about THE WEST
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