The Wild West. The name itself conjures up images of cowboys and Indians, outlaws, the Dust Bowl, saloons and ghost towns. This month, WNED-TV is serving up a big dish of American Experience programs dedicated toward telling the stories of major characters from this iconic era in American history.
Billy the Kid- Hear about Henry McCarty, alias Billy the Kid, whose reckless violence earned him a place in the American spotlight. Grabbing national news as one of the most notorious criminals of the time, the Kid became a hero to the Hispanic community; broadcasts on Tuesday, Jan. 10 at 9 p.m.
Custer’s Last Stand- The battle at Little Bighorn is something that will forever be ingrained in the minds of all Americans as the onslaught between George Custer’s soldiers and Lakota and Cheyenne warriors. Learn more about the mythologized cavalry commander on Tuesday, Jan. 17 at 8 p.m.
Wyatt Earp- The legendary gunman of O.K. Corral fame is quintessentially the most idyllic figure from the West. Earp was transformed into a folk hero after his death and became a central figure as a lawman. Hear more of his story on Tuesday, Jan. 24 at 8 p.m.
Geronimo- This medicine man was a leading warrior and healer among the Apaches. He was a staunch advocate of government resistance and refused to surrender to the reservation. Geronimo’s story broadcasts Tuesday, Jan. 24 at 9 p.m.
Annie Oakley- Best known as one of the best sharpshooters in the world, Annie Oakley might be one of the most well-known symbols of the West. As the star attraction of Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show, she thrilled audiences around the world with her mastery of gun skills. Gain more insight into this contradictory woman Tuesday, Jan. 31 at 8 p.m.
Jesse James- Probably the West’s most mythological character, James’ story aims to be one for the ages. Often called America’s Robin Hood, James actually stole from rich and poor alike and was a member of the vicious band of Missouri outlaws, the very opposite of Robin Hood’s “Merry Men.” Hear the true story of this outlaw on Tuesday, Jan. 31 at 9 p.m.
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