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The Oregon Trail


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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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"...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

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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: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 1883691079
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #31,171 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Oregon Trail" on IMDb

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52 of 53 people found the following review helpful By "marey1318" on 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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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Traditio on 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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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Tim Hackman on November 13, 2004
Format: DVD
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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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Josh N. Barber on 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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By AmySmiles on 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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Liz Caughlin on 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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Carol J. Copeland on 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 By Bowman TOP 500 REVIEWER on March 16, 2015
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A few years ago I spent some time assembling several wooden kits of various covered wagon styles. Whenever I’m tinkering with something like that I always find it more enjoyable if I can come up with a book or DVD on the subject. This is how I came upon this © 1992 documentary.

It is divided into four – 1/2 hour segments entitled (1) “Beginnings”, (2) “Across the Plains”, (3) “Through the Rockies” and (4) “The Final Step”. Narrated by Steve King it relies on 4 historians – Charles Martin, Larry Jones, Merrill Mattes & William Hill – plus numerous period photos, maps, diary entries, artworks & re–enactments to tell this harrowing tale of “The Great Migration”.

Overall I thought it was a worthy effort and you really get a feel for the basic logistics of the undertaking as well as the daily hardships these pioneers suffered. Though the DVD does touch upon incidents like the Donner Party, the Mormon War, conflict with Native Americans, and death from deprivation & accident it doesn’t get too graphic.

If I had one complaint it would be found largely in the very first segment. Every time a new element – “Motivations”, “The Whitmans”, “Jumping Off” – was introduced there would be a pause to show these titles. This really impacted the flow of the story and thankfully this significantly diminished over the last 3 parts and they just got on with the tale.
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