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A combination of reenactments, photos, CGI, models, and other elements delivers a great deal of information here, along with frequent references to Americans' pioneer spirit, devotion to hard work, and belief that if you can dream it, you can do it. Yet this isn't an especially scholarly document. The events depicted, from the Boston Tea Party and Paul Revere's midnight ride to the Alamo and the Gettysburg Address, not to mention more lurid tales like the Donner Party and the St. Valentine's Day Massacre, should be familiar to those with even a cursory knowledge of US history. The emphasis on star power, be it the comments from a parade of talking heads including actors, musicians, politicians (President Barack Obama among them), athletes, soldiers, and so on, or the focus on charismatic historical figures like John Brown, Daniel Boone, and many others, reflects our celebrity-obsessed culture. And the constant hyperbole (narrator Liev Schreiber intones some variation of "What's about to happen will change things forever!" at least half a dozen times in the first episode alone) becomes tedious. Then again, considering the number of Americans who can't find their own country on a map, presenting the material like a dramatic TV show instead of textbook was a shrewd idea. --Sam Graham
Always great to watch to gain perspective in American History.Published 1 minute ago by Heather Snively
Very interesting and dramatic, fairly accurate, and keeps the interest of the viewer. Especially useful for helping to teach youngsters about American history.Published 41 minutes ago by M. Damico
A well-done story of America's development from its struggle to extract itself from the influence of the King of England, right down to today, and the diverse issues and problems... Read morePublished 1 day ago by Jack V. Carlisle
Great series. Using this to supplement our homeschooling curriculum. My teen's enjoying it and he's engaged.Published 1 day ago by Deborah Clem-Buckert
This is an interest grabbing documentary. Well filmed and made very interesting. I recommend it to history classes in all our private and public schools. Read morePublished 2 days ago by marie s.
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Is this DVD captioned?
Sep 25, 2014 by Lena T Austin | See all 3 posts
Oct 6, 2013 by Elmer Dubon | See all 3 posts
Do you know if they actually removed him? I found Danny Webb listed as an alias for Liev (which is how I came across this rather old post, searching the two terms together) and this title as the only title for which (so far) Danny Webb is used. The whole thing is baffling since another actor... Read More
May 22, 2013 by lost_grrl | See all 2 posts
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Saw that noone has responded and just wondered if you found anything on your own you'd like to recommend? I have an almost 7yr old and we'd love to find some too!
Dec 16, 2010 by @homemom | See all 2 posts
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I wondered about that too. I hope it is just a mistake when it lists an aspect ratio of 1.33.
May 10, 2010 by Dale | See all 3 posts
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