HISTORY of AMERICA in the 1880s
What was life like in America in the 1880 s? Certainly nothing like today, yet many of the things we so cherish now had their roots during this significant and often time neglected decade in history. Just like a time machine, we ll transport you back to discover the people and events that shaped this exciting decade: the Brooklyn Bridge ...Washington Monument ...Statue of Liberty ...Gunfight at the O.K. Corral ...Oklahoma Land Rush ...Johnstown Flood ...Thomas Edison ...Mark Twain ...Baby Doe ...Sitting Bull ...Sarah Bernhardt ...John Philip Sousa ...Buffalo Bill ...Gilbert & Sullivan ...Wyatt Earp...Jesse James ...Billy the Kid ...Alexander Graham Bell ...John D. Rockefeller ...Andrew Carnegie ...Samuel Gompers ...Susan B. Anthony ...Lillian Russell ...and many more! You ll learn about fashion, politics, sports heroes, famous inventors, Wall Street financiers, railroad expansion, buffalo extinction, Indian resettlement, Civil Rights, union organization, urbanization, the music of the times, and much, much more! Through the use of live re-enactments, rare historical photographs and drawings, and award-winning photography you ll be amazed, amused, entertained and educated about many little known facts and some life changing events that have become part of the foundation of our society today. As a special bonus feature, we also present an archival documentary film about the life of Alexander Graham Bell, his work with the deaf and the invention of the telephone!
A fast and fascinating survey of the 1880s in America. Recommended. --- Landers Film Reviews
This is a great program for history and social study teachers for classroom use, homeschooling, and anyone interested in the history of America during this fascinating time in America. Network like quality, too! --A Happy Customer
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Style-wise, I enjoyed the documentary, but content-wise it was lacking. The subjects listed in the description (Brooklyn Bridge, O.K. Corrall, Buffalo Bill, etc.) are touched upon, but there is very little depth. Maybe one or two fun facts per topic. I think the documentary covered about thirty topics in about as many minutes. Maybe it was 40 minutes.
Anyway, if you like old-style newsreels and that sort of thing, you will probably enjoy this. If not, you probably won't. If you are looking for in-depth historical research for a history-related project as I am, however, this will only serve as a starting point for subjects to research on your own time. For instance, you can learn way more about 1880s baseball from the Bay Area Vintage Baseball group than you do on any subject covered in the DVD... except maybe Alexander Graham Bell.
In addition to the documentary, the DVD also includes a lengthy dramatized biopic of Alexander Graham Bell that was actually kind of interesting and entertaining. I think it was about 20-30 minutes of the total 60. Again, if you don't like old movies, you probably won't enjoy this.