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How the States Got Their Shapes

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Every line on the U.S. map tells a great story: California's border was bent to claw onto lucrative gold deposits... Oklahoma's panhandle reflects a shifting national baromoter for legal slavery... Kentucky, Tennessee and Virginia's shared border traces the scar of a meteor impact. The segments reveal the larger story of what makes America unique: a range of natural resources, a history of social experimentation, and a thriving democracy.

Structurally, this special will incorporate sponsorable elements and ad integration opportunities. In addition, the special will create a map-driven graphic style and device that could potentially expand into another special or geography series.


Product Details

  • Actors: Brian Unger
  • Directors: Ann Carroll
  • Format: Widescreen, Color, NTSC, DVD
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: History / A&E Television Networks
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004K5N2CE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #299,455 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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44 of 48 people found the following review helpful By Hugo H. Velasquez on May 26, 2011
Format: DVD
I love the series since the first time I watched on the History Channel, but the DVD has no indication of any kind if its the whole series or the first couple episodes etc... I believe that the DVD needs more information like 5 of the 10 episodes, or season 1 or volume 1. Anything to let me know what I am getting and what I can get later on
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34 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Greg J. Lovern on July 23, 2011
Format: DVD
I just wanted to clear up some confusion that is apparent from other reviews. This DVD is ONLY the original 2-hour special, which first aired on April 2010. This DVD does NOT include the 10-part series which aired from May 2011 - July 2011.

As far as I can tell, the 10-part series is not available here on Amazon nor at the History Channel website store, but see Ellen Goodman's comment below about it being available at Video On Demand.

Also:
Although this is a very interesting show, it has many factual errors, probably because the book that it is based on is full of errors. You might want to read through the reviews here of the book that the series is based on (same title). That doesn't mean we can't enjoy and learn from the show (or the book), but we should be very cautious about believing everything we think we "learn" from the show (or the book). Popular history is full of interesting "events" that never actually happened.
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful By EM on May 4, 2011
Format: DVD
How the States Got Their Shapes is a great dvd! It tells the story of how our nation formed geographically -- how it added states and how their borders changed. For instance, did you know there was a state named Franklin for 4 years? Or that Texas had to lose some of its northern border to remain a slave-holding state prior to the civil war? Or that the Louisiana Purchase happened because the Haitians rebelled against the French? There is so much more! This is history that just isn't found in our kids' history books anymore.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Kelley C. on February 14, 2012
Format: DVD
This single DVD which is just the 2 hour teaser special and it actually costs more than the 10 episode entire season which also happens to include the same 2 hour special as a bonus on Disk 4.

Do yourself a favor and buy the whole season instead. It is an excellent series.

How the States Got Their Shapes: Season 1
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By D Severn on June 11, 2011
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While I have always been a history buff, I found this production could be much better if the product did not have music playing loudly while someone was speaking. I have no idea why the production staff would think that music inhances everything especially when someone is speaking as it was not needed and made it difficult to understand what was being said. Leave off the drummer and the music and it would be an interesting and informative piece of work. But for me, I would pass if I knew then what I know now regarding the drums and the music.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By haydog on August 10, 2011
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Great video but it may be the first of this series. One is not really sure what you are ordering as there is no table of contents detailing what program are contained...this is my only criticism. None of this is what is currently being shown on the History network in the summer of 2011 so would like to see a series of these programs put together in some kind of box set by each season it runs. What you have here is very good and I intend to use it in my high school classes. Give us more of this excellent series!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lorraine Draper on October 29, 2011
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Love Love having my own copy of this extremely interesting dvd. Its fascinating and would be a great gift for anyone who has an interest in the USA
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Angel on August 30, 2011
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When you look at this product on Amazon the first image you see is the one that says season one! Yes the other image is there but this product is extremely misleading in terms of what it really is. This is as others have mentioned the 2 hour special. It is a great resource for me to use in my classroom but I really was looking forward to actually being able to use the T.V. Series.
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