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America The Story Of Us Volume 3: Civil War [DVD]

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The Civil War rages. The formidable Confederate army cannot match the Union's mastery of technology as railroads supply lines and the telegram become new weapons in a modern war. The transcontinental railroad unites the nation and transforms the heartland. Farmers settle the continent; their cattle replace wild buffalo as king of the plains. The cowboy becomes a new American icon. It could be said that America was invented not discovered.

AMERICA: THE STORY OF US looks at history from an entirely new viewpoint with untold stories about the men and women - both famous figures and everyday people - who pushed innovation and ingenuity to the very edge of possibility to create a modern world that was unthinkable at its founding. From the taming of the west to the building of our great cities to the conflict that united and divided a nation AMERICA: THE STORY OF US immerses viewers in each moment as it happens.

This DVD contains Episode 5 "Civil War" and Episode 6 "Heartland" of the AMERICA: THE STORY OF US series.

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  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: A&E Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: July 5, 2011
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004K4FUG6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #35,577 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Our afterschool program is working on a project based learning theme: The Civil War. Students are grades 5-6 and they are enjoying it. They will only see the segment on the Civil War and I've seen the entire series. Honestly, all schools should introduce this to the students. Makes history that much more exciting and interesting.

After watching it the first time, my students were overheard arguing that they wanted to be the Union soldiers, not the South. But they are still learning about it and I am hoping that by the time they get to junior high, they will be well-versed in a segment of historical significance.

Highly recommend it!

Yolie
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Generally, I like the Story of US series, and the Civil War episode delivers on a number of fronts. Keeping with one of the overall themes of innovation in the series, this episode takes viewers through how Lincoln and the North were able to use technology such as new weaponry, rail, the telegraph and innovations in medicine to help the North win the War effort. The visuals are amazing, and I highly recommend it as a supplemental to the more traditional curriculum that would likely cover Lincoln's politics and the major Civil War battles. This is, however, where the episode comes up short. Especially when explaining the Southern perspective on slavery and any advantages or disadvantages the South had in the war. Furthermore, the extent to which Lincoln goes to preserve the union, often breaking the Constitution, is passed over as Lincoln simply asserting Federal control, as if such a concept was a given. The Civil War was at its heart a struggle between state and federal power. Finally, and very egregiously, the episode ends with the narrator stating that after the war, the country "came back together", entirely ignoring perhaps the darkest and most controversial time in US history: Reconstruction. Jim crow laws and such are touched upon in the civil rights episode, but how can a series not cover the rise of the KKK and the military occupation of the South?!
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