The West (1996)
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Speck of the Future 

In 1848, a sawmill worker named James Marshall reached down into the stream bed of the American River in California -- and came up with the future of the West in the palm of his hand. He had discovered gold.

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Stephen Ives

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Peter Coyote ... Himself - Narrator (voice)
J.S. Holliday J.S. Holliday ... Himself - Historian
T.H. Watkins T.H. Watkins ... Himself - Historian
Richard White Richard White ... Himself - Historian
Dayton Duncan Dayton Duncan ... Himself - Writer
Jack Chen Jack Chen ... Himself - Historian
Patricia Nelson Limerick Patricia Nelson Limerick ... Herself - Historian
Jo Allyn Archambault Jo Allyn Archambault ... Herself - Anthropologist
Ronald Takaki Ronald Takaki ... Himself - Historian
Adam Arkin ... Himself (voice)
Philip Bosco ... Himself (voice)
Matthew Broderick ... Himself - William Swain (voice)
Hector Elizondo ... Himself - Mariano Guadalupe Vallejo (voice)
Cherry Jones ... Herself (voice)
Mary Stuart Masterson ... Herself (voice)
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In 1848, a sawmill worker named James Marshall reached down into the stream bed of the American River in California -- and came up with the future of the West in the palm of his hand. He had discovered gold.

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17 September 1996 (USA) See more »

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Walter Colton: The blacksmith dropped his hammer, the carpenter his plane, the mason his trowel, the farmer his sickle, the baker his loaf, and the tapster his bottle. I have only a community of women left and a gang of prisoners, with here and there a soldier who will give his captain the slip at the first chance. I don't blame that fellow a whit. Seven dollars a month, while others are making two hundred or three hundred a day. - Walter Colton.
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