The West


  • Stephen F. Austin, Biographies | Ken Burns America: The West

    This biography explores the life of Stephen Austin, known as "The Father of Texas." Austin established the first Anglo-American colony in the Tejas province of Mexico and saw it grow into an independent republic.

    Grades: 6-12
  • Crazy Horse, Biographies | Ken Burns America: The West

    Learn about the life of Crazy Horse, the legendary warrior and leader of the Oglala Lakota. He earned a reputation not only for his fighting but for his determination to preserve his peoples traditional way of life.

    Grades: 6-12
  • Kit Carson, Biographies | Ken Burns America: The West

    Learn about the life of Kit Carson: trapper, scout, Indian agent, soldier, and legend of the American West. Carson's reputation grew in popular fiction as a rugged mountain man through his years working as a guide for John C. Fremont. His reputation continued to grow as he became associated with key events in the westward expansion of the United States.

    Grades: 6-12
  • George Armstrong Custer, Biographies | Ken Burns America: The West

    Learn about the life of George Armstrong Custer, a flamboyant and mythologized figure in American History. His blunders cost him his life but gained him everlasting fame.

    Grades: 6-12
  • William F. (Buffalo Bill) Cody, Biographies | Ken Burns America: The West

    Learn about the life of William F. Cody, also known as Buffalo Bill Cody. Cody's life and experiences came to embody the spirit of the American West and fueled a national myth of what frontier life was like that still exists today.

    Grades: 6-12

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