A courtroom dramatization set outside the normal boundaries imposed by time and space provides viewers with an opportunity to see and hear the issue of Manifest Destiny debated against Native American claims to open prairies and sacred lands. Historically relevant sources are used throughout, and document how broken promises by settlers and the U.S. government played into the realities of the American Indian experience. Testimonies of historical figures spanning 60 years of America’s westward growth are used to balance the presentation, providing a wide range of opinion and leaving the issue open-ended for students and other viewers. “It is difficult not to be moved by the testimony of this film.” —ABC-CLIO Video Rating Guide for Libraries. An LCA release.
34 minutes • Color