Ken Burns: American Lives 1 Season 1997

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12. Lewis & Clark: The Journey of the Corps of Discovery TV-G CC

The most notable expedition in U.S. history was led by Meriwether Lewis and William Clark, with soldiers, an African-American slave, a female guide, and Canadian boatmen.

Starring:
John Logan Allen, Stephen Ambrose
Runtime:
1 hour, 46 minutes
Original air date:
November 4, 1997

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Ken Burns documentaries are great!
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Lewis and Clark, Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth C. Stanton, Frank Lloyd Wright and the others have just come alive for me.
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Each DVD are very interesting and worth your time and money!
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49 of 50 people found the following review helpful By Eric Pregosin on January 14, 2006
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I bought all of these individually. As he did with The Civil War and Baseball (as well as his earlier works which are now also in a box set, not to mention The West, New York and Jazz). Ken Burns continues to present his "American Stories" with pictures and narration that bring the past alive. 1 tiny nitpick note however. This is an 8 not a 7 disc set (for some reason the Jack Johnson story was released on 2 discs rather than a double sided disc like Mark Twain and Lewis and Clark which are of equal length to it). Other than that, you're getting a good deal on this and it will fit nicely along side the "America" box set (or your copies of those individually) and Ken's award winning "mini series" (plural). Get em all, and all other documentaries will just fade away. Ken Burns is the KING of the modern documentary film. Keep em coming, Ken, we'll keep buying em (on DVD) :-) Update 10/10/10: I have just noticed that newer copies of Lewis and Clark on 2 single sided discs rather than a flipper. So for some of you, this box set may be a 9 bagger (as Mark Twain is still a flipper). Update 1/30/11: I have now learned that Mark Twain has been reissued on 2 single sided discs as Lewis and Clark. Therefore, this is now a 7 title, 10 disc set. Thomas Jefferson, Frank Lloyd Wright, Elizabeth Cady Stanton & Susan B. Anthony and Horatio Nelson Jackson 1 disc each = 4. Lewis and Clark, Mark Twain and Jack Johnson 2 discs = 6, total 10 as in current description.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 16, 2012
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Ken Burns does a fabulous job on all his titles. Some have been better than others but all are worth the time. In this package we've enjoyed all the titles. Lewis and Clark, Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth C. Stanton, Frank Lloyd Wright and the others have just come alive for me. I am an audio learner so reading a book is not a good way for me to learn. Watching these DVDs and hearing the stories narrated, retold and opined engraved it all in my memory. We let our kids watch these and they love it. According to my experience Ken Burns documentaries hold your attention well with lots of facts. Subjects I never found interesting have become thoroughly intriguing thru this series. My only experience with a Ken Burns documentary I had a hard time getting through is the Jazz one, but it's not in this package. I love Jazz and figured I would love the DVD but it was a bit long and some things were repeated too much. I'm glad I stuck it out though because I learned a lot I didn't know about a subject I thought I knew a lot about. Another series not included in this package that we really liked was the one on civil rights. I think it was a full 6 hours long but we really enjoyed it, appreciated the approach and learned a good bit too.
All in all: this is a great purchase, well worth the price. We watch and re-watch these titles.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By J. McIntosh on January 29, 2012
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I love the films by Ken Burns and crew. I've bought this set as a gift a few times. It's a great sampler of his smaller works. Highly recommended for fans of documentaries!
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By jim_boy on September 9, 2012
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This collection of Ken Burns videos was, as usual, excellent in its treatment of the biographical material. The ca. 3-hour length of each film allowed treatment of each topic in a fair amount of detail, and although academics were involved in the production of the films, they're almost never stuffy; for me they are just detailed enough to awaken interest to allow me to follow up with additional reading or research, if desired. The biographical approach usually follows a predictable pattern (birth, early life, and formative years; achievements for which the individual is known; later life and death; and legacy), combined with Ken's usual still photos/black-and-white movie clips, background instrumental music, and early morning video shots. It can become a bit formulaic at times, but the formula is effective in most cases. With the exception of "Horatio's Drive", which laid out the adventurous coast-to-coast motoring exploits of a youthful and impossibly optimistic Horatio Nelson Jackson, the films always left me a little bit saddened as each character one has gotten to know inevitably grows old and dies.

My relatively low star rating was not due to shortcomings of the content, but to the inconsistencies in video formatting. The biggest disappointment for me was the two-sided Mark Twain DVD, from which the last 20 minutes of material on each side could not be accessed at all! Thus, I missed out on the whole discussion of the writing of Huckleberry Finn and on Twain's final years and his "going out with Halley's Comet".

Also, while each film was divided into two parts of about 1.75 hours each, the method used to access the two parts varied widely. Sometimes Part 2 was on a separate disk or on the opposite side of the single two-sided disk.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Melissa on October 28, 2011
I never took an interest in examining the lives of those who shaped our history; this biography by Ken Burns has changed me.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Portia on March 15, 2014
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This is an informative, well-documented and moving account of one of the greatest and most neglected chapters of American history -- the women's suffrage movement and the two people who devoted over 60 years of their lives to it. It should be required viewing for all American schoolchildren.

These women created the philiosophy and strategy for enfranchising half the population. When they began, American women could not own or inherit property, teach school, obtain a divorce or custody of their children, earn and keep their own incomes, vote, or even walk down the street unescorted. Married women were literally the property of their husbands, who could beat or rape them at will. Cady Stanton, the theorist and visionary, although married herself and the mother of seven children, found time to write and speak about women's oppression in a way that resonates today. Anthony, single and devoted to the cause, organized and structured the movement. It took both of them to accomplish the great work of emancipation.

Ken Burns brings these women to life. By the end of the documentary you will feel as if you knew them personally, and struggled right beside them for the rights we enjoy today.
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