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American Experience: The 1930s

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Beginning with the 1929 stock market collapse, The 1930s looks at the creation of FDRs Tree Army; construction of one of the greatest engineering projects of the modern era; the impact of the drought that transformed the plains; and an unlikely hero that gave downtrodden Americans hope. This collection of films examines Americas response to the unprecedented threats facing the nation during one of historys most tumultuous decades.

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  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 5
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: PBS
  • DVD Release Date: January 5, 2010
  • Run Time: 292 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (231 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002Q5O6ZM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,989 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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American Experience: The 1930's is an anthology of documentaries on DVD reflecting upon America's history during the turbulent 1930's, an era best known for the crushing impact of the Great Depression. Individual programs examine the stock market crash of 1929 and the dire consequences of unrestrained economic optimism; the creation of the Civilian Conservation Corps (including personal testimonies from CCC veterans), the story of the Hoover Dam that brought electricity and water to millions in the western U.S., the struggles of American farmers during the severe dust bowl "blizzards" of 1931, and even the remarkable accomplishments of the gifted thoroughbred Seabiscuit. Printable materials for educators round out this excellent and informative collection, ideal for public library DVD shelves. 5 DVDs, 4.5 hours. "The Civilian Conservation Corps" is also available as a stand-alone DVD.
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If you have an interest in the era and would like to know what your grandparents or great-grandparents had to go through these stunning programs will give you great insight to those times. The greatest generation was forged by these events and went on to do so much for our nation and the world.

American Experience regularly makes some of the best historical program that you can see on TV and a lot of it is worth having at home. Children, teens, young adults and people of all ages need to be reminded about what went before so they don't make the same mistakes.
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This set has turned out to be better than I expected in its content. The Stock Market Crash of 1929 was fairly well done, with interviews of descendents of the big financiers who took advantage of market conditions to manipulate stocks. Perhaps more of the impact and influence of the U.S. market collapse on the world economy and a little less on the stock manipulators would have improved the presentation.
The Dust Bowl segment is excellent and I have used it in my U.S. History classroom. The rabbit scene captured the student's attention and broke up the dust storm sequences well. Interviews with people who shared their childhood experiences in the Dust Bowl help to personalize the story.
The Hoover Dam and Seabiscuit videos were also very good.
I recommend the set in view of the fact that you get more video for the dollar.
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This proves that FDR was one of the greatest Presidents in history. What this man did for the economy, environment and millions of families will never be forgotten. An excellent documentary.
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I had two uncles in the CCC. I have heard many stories about the money from the boys in the CCC being the only thing keeping their families alive. Today I see their work first hand at the National Parks and in the National Forests. It's kinda cool to walk across a beautiful hand hewn bridge which is still standing after so long, which I did last year at a State Park in Illinois.
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This whole series is just wonderful!! It is fascinating to actually see the history of this country and the strength of its people. We live in such times of plenty and its hard to even imagine such deprevation. However, history does have a way of repeating itself in one form or another. It is good to see the hubris and greed we are capable of and the concomitant results. I felt ashamed of the complaints we hear today in light of these brave families. I definately recommend this to anyone.
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Is interesting to see how many of the same factors that caused the depression: Specualtion, market manipulation by large interests, shady dishonesty fleacing the small invester, were themselves major factors in the mega crash we just had a couple years ago.
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The series is very well done but it does seem to be missing a segment on how ordinary Americans were affected by the Great Depression. It explains the Stock Market Crash, then goes into the CCC, then surviving the dust bowl, then Hoover Dam. But it's missing the segment between the Stock market crash and the creation of the CCC that could have really followed how the average American was affected by and survived the lean years of the Depression before the CCC was created. Pretty big oversight.
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