The Century-America's Time (Boxed Set) [VHS]
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The first episode, for instance, begins with the influx of immigrants at the turn of the century and touches on Jim Crow laws, moving pictures, planes, Henry Ford, the sinking of the USS Maine, child labor, suffragettes, the Panama Canal, imperialism, and more, right up to the beginning of World War I. The archival footage is stunning and interviews with historians, veterans, journalists, POWs, politicians, authors, celebrities, and common people help bring the past to life again. Mickey Spillane discusses the speakeasies of the 1920s; Dennis Hopper talks about Easy Rider in the '60s; Tom Wolfe reads from The Bonfire of the Vanities for the episode on the '80s. Eudora Welty, E.L. Doctorow, Martin Scorsese, John Updike, Pat Buchanan, Oliver Stone, Stephen E. Ambrose, among many others, lend their voices to this documentary. Yet, despite the great names, at times the pictures and people are allowed to speak for themselves, without intrusive narration--the stark images of the Challenger explosion or the sad words of a political activist mourning the death of his partner to AIDS are more powerful because of it. This chronological tale (with the exception of the last episode, "Then and Now," which is arranged thematically) is an insightful and poignant reminder of all the marvels--and tragedies--of America in the 20th century. --Jenny Brown
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's Peter Jennings, served me well as a U.S. History high school teacher. The reason I liked it so much was because it brought to life in short, 10 minute summaries, key events of the twentieth century. Hosted by Peter Jennings, it had a much more contemporary feel to it than similar historical summaries. The narration was snappier and held the attention of my students better than let's say a PBS or other History channel type visual documentary. It supplement's any Twentieth Century U.S. History course because it capture's the emotional context that a text-book cannot reveal. I found my students had a much better grasp of the times when I supplemented the text with these visual snapshots of key events during the century. Because key events are broken down into 10-20 minute segments, it lends itself to the attention span of classroom students and instruction very well. Most documentaries go on for 45 minutes straight on one topic. This was extremely well done. If I had only 1 video series to pick from to capture the flavor of the twentieth century, this is the one I would buy!
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Masterful work by Peter Jennings. Best overview of America's 20th Century.Published 11 months ago by Larry Keeter
I had this collection and review of the past century and it is excellent. I transferred it to DVD but would love to buy a professional DVD or Blue Ray of the century I lived most... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Walter B. Hamilton
I understood these to be DVDs - not VCRs and I have no use for the VCRs so I paid for something that i cannot use or view.
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The Video Cassettes seem to be in perfect condition. I will need to try them out on a VHS player when I can find one or have these converted to DVDs. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Dr. Eunice Brookman-Amissah
If I could give it no stars, I would. Very biased account, blaming the US for everything. Skipped over WWI, blamed the Brits for bombing Germany in WWII (with no mention of the... Read morePublished 23 months ago by Amazon Customer
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