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American Experience We Shall Remain: Part I - After the Mayflower (1988– ) HD online

American Experience We Shall Remain: Part I - After the Mayflower (1988– ) HD online
Language: English
Category: TV Episode / Documentary / Biography / History
Original Title: We Shall Remain: Part I - After the Mayflower
Director: Chris Eyre
Writers: Sharon Grimberg
Released: 1988–
Duration: 1h 30min
Video type: TV Episode
In March of 1621, in what is now southeastern Massachusetts, Massasoit (actor Marcos Akiaten, Chiricauha Apache), the leading sachem of the Wampanoag, sat down to negotiate with a ragged group of English colonists. Hungry, dirty, and sick, the pale-skinned foreigners were struggling to stay alive; they were in desperate need of native help. Massasoit faced problems of his own. His people had lately been decimated by unexplained sickness, leaving them vulnerable to the rival Narragansett to the west. The Wampanoag sachem calculated that a tactical alliance with the foreigners would provide a way to protect his people and hold his native enemies at bay. He agreed to give the English the help they needed. A half-century later, as a brutal war flared between the English colonists and a confederation of New England Indians, the wisdom of Massasoit's diplomatic gamble seemed less clear. Five decades of English immigration, mistreatment, lethal epidemics, and widespread environmental ...
Episode credited cast:
Marcos Akiaten Marcos Akiaten - Massasoit
Cassidy Alla Cassidy Alla - Pilgrim Girl
William Belleau William Belleau - Wampanoag man
Benjamin Bratt Benjamin Bratt - Himself / Narrator
Tonantzin Carmelo Tonantzin Carmelo - Awashunk
Mark S. Cartier Mark S. Cartier - John Easton
Charlotte Anne Dore Charlotte Anne Dore - Elizabeth Hopkins
William Joseph Elk III William Joseph Elk III - Wampanoag man
Alan Francis Alan Francis - Governor John Carver
Nicholas Irons Nicholas Irons - Edward Winslow
Rebecca Perry Levy Rebecca Perry Levy - Wootoneakanuske
Jim Loutzenhiser Jim Loutzenhiser - Josiah Winslow
Larry Mann Larry Mann - Wampanoag man
Zahn McClarnon Zahn McClarnon - Wampanoag man
Tatanka Means Tatanka Means - Nookau

Reviews: [2]

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    This is the first of 5 movies describing 300 years long war (1600-1900) between American Indians and white European settlers. That was the longest war in entire history of mankind. The war with a purpose to destroy entire civilizations of indigenous population and to exterminate them like pests. All episodes are so rich, so unexpected, full of unknown historical facts (at least for me, being an European). The systematic genocide on American Indians, which lasted for well over 300 years and almost to the end of 20th century, is very well described and documented with shocking details. This is a must see if you are interested in that part of American history, which was glorified as "How the West Was Won", but in fact was a colonial war and genocide, like no other.
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    "We Shall Remain" is a five-part series by Ric Burns (Ken's brother) on the history of the American Indians from "The American Experience". However, it should be understood that it is NOT a comprehensive history. There are many gaps, omissions and most tribes are not discussed in the shows. This is simply because with five parts, there just wasn't enough time to do the subject justice.

    This first episode is unusual in that it does not begin with the Spanish colonization of America nor the first English colonies (Roanoke and Jamestown) but the Pilgrims and their history with the Wampanoag people. Perhaps this was chosen first because in contrast to these others I mentioned, the Wampanoag were particularly harmless and peace-loving...and were eventually displaced and often killed or sold into slavery by their English allies. It's a very sad tale that begins so positively with the tribe allying themselves with and saving Plymouth colony and ultimately ended with King Philip's War and the destruction of many of these people by the Colonists.

    This show is exceptionally well made and explores the history in a complete and fair manner. Worth seeing...and a bit wistful about what might have been.