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Uncover the hidden history of the building of Mount Rushmore, and how its creation destroyed sacred Native American land.
Between 1927 and 1941, workers blasted 450,000 tons of rock from a mountainside using chisels, jackhammers, and dynamite. Gradually, they carved out Mount Rushmore. Today, the monument draws nearly 3 million people to South Dakota’s Black Hills every year. But its façade belies a dark history. Ned Blackhawk and Jeffrey D. Means explore the destruction of the sacred Six Grandfathers Mountain.
Lesson by Ned Blackhawk and Jeffrey D. Means, directed by Anton Bogaty.
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