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The Oregon Trail

Trinklein , Boettcher  |  DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Directors: Trinklein, Boettcher
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Collector's Edition, Color, Full Screen, Original recording remastered, Special Edition, NTSC
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: Boettcher
  • DVD Release Date: September 1, 2002
  • Run Time: 110 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 1883691079
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #98,012 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Oregon Trail" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

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"...an absorbing journey into American history." -- Library Journal

"...one doesn't just hear about the Oregon Trail, one actually makes the trip... highly recommended." -- Library Journal

..one doesn't just hear about the Oregon Trail, one actually makes the trip... highly recommended. -- Library Journal

Product Description

Created by a four-time Emmy-winning filmmaker, "The Oregon Trail" chronicles the great mid-1800s trek across the unsettled American West. One in ten pioneers died along the way; many walked the entire 2,000 miles barefoot; but in the end nearly a half-million Americans followed the ruts west in search of a better life. Rare photos, diary excerpts, and stunning footage tell a fascinating story of tragedy and triumph.

This program received first-place awards from the Broadcast Education Association, the Oregon-California Trails Association, and the prestigious Telly Awards.

The film provides a comprehensive overview of the Oregon Trail, including: Lewis and Clark, the Astorians, the Whitmans, the Great Migration of 1843, reasons behind the journey, life on the trail, and encounters with Native Americans. Plus, the program includes background on all the key sites along the way: Ash Hollow, Chimney Rock, Scotts Bluffs, Ft. Laramie, Independence Rock, South Pass, Ft. Bridger, Ft. Hall, Three-Island Crossing, Whitman Mission, Ft. Vancouver, Oregon City, and many more. Two hours in length--divided into 4 half-hour segments.


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49 of 50 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great movie for your classrom June 23, 2000
Format:VHS Tape
My class was studying about Westward Movement and I thought that this movie was a great resource for it. While Historians comment on the hardships and hazards along the trail, the movie shows stunning pictures of the trail and its famous landmarks. My students enjoyed watching the tapes because it gave them a visual aid to everything they were reading and learning about.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great dvd to history December 30, 2007
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I think ths is the best historical dvd Ive ever seen. Lots of video and still of the actual trail and an excellent commentary. I learned so much about the Oregon Trail that I want to travel some of it just to see some of the sights.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very entertaining November 13, 2004
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This program is jam-packed with interesting tidbits. A lot of fun for adults and kids. Plus, I learned a lot. Who knew that almost all the children crossed the country barefoot!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great for classroom use. November 25, 2008
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I bought this for my freshman northwest history class. The video isn't delivered with the polish of a major hollywood production but it's fairly good.

The documentary is divided into 4 half-hour episodes with dividable sections within each. I like that we can watch a section at a time and then stop and ask questions.

I also like that the film uses primary sources quite a bit by quoting newspapers and journals from those that made the journey. While it strives to present the story as unbiased I do feel that it comes up short in its treatment of the native americans views on westward expansion. It's fairly neutral but there's just not much there to work with for initiating a discussion.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for Classroom Use January 24, 2012
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This video is a great educational resource. I used it with my 5th grade Social Studies classes and the kids loved it! It is informative and educational, but it also captivates student attention. While I was previewing it in my home and designing lesson plans for it, my husband also became hooked and found it very interesting and entertaining. It served as a great visual aid for my students. I used the video as spring board for some great class round table discussions.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a great video April 26, 2013
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I am a homeschool teacher and we enjoyed this video during our study of the Oregon Trail. lots of good information.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Oregon Trail in Brief for the History Teacher April 13, 2013
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This is the perfect video for a short, sweet and comprehensive history of the Oregon Trail. There are no bad people in here, no ulterior motives, no larger political shenanigans, just moving on and making Manifest Destiny real.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Classroom Resource February 16, 2013
By Wa Mom
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I needed to teach an integrated unit on the Oregon Trail and was very satisfied with how this video tied into the activities.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Careful
There are two Oregon Trail DVDs listed on Amazon. You might not pick up on this, they are the same! Different covers, different descriptions, same video. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Wherenow
5.0 out of 5 stars The Oregon Trail
History is very much of interest to me as try to become more acquainted with pieces of history that I am not familiar. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Hazel
5.0 out of 5 stars Oregon Trail
I bought this as a gift for my daughter. She is a huge western fan. She loved this DVD. This was a double good thing because when she finished it she gave it to us and we got to... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Helen Sisco
4.0 out of 5 stars The Oregon Trail
This is entertaining for an evening's viewing but lacking in enough research to be the only piece a researcher would want to get the whole story.
Published 18 months ago by Elly Book Buff
5.0 out of 5 stars Giving Oregon Trail as a gift for an elementary school student
This is a gift so I have not actually watched it but the write up and reviews that I read confirmed my decision to give this item as a gift.
Published 19 months ago by W. Whitehead
3.0 out of 5 stars A good introduction
While not remotely the best produced documentary I've ever seen I'm happy with the purchase. There was good information and it raised my interest in doing further research on... Read more
Published 20 months ago by Steven Perry
3.0 out of 5 stars Oregon Trail
This is an average documentary that helps give students a visual addition to the history of the Oregon trail. Read more
Published on January 19, 2011 by ojisama
1.0 out of 5 stars I like history
I was looking forward to watching this because I like history and history movies are usually cool.

You get photos. Read more
Published on August 7, 2010 by chickens
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