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Railroads in U.S. History (1830-2010)

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This series offers a fresh perspective on how railroads created and shaped America's financial institutions, America's singular brand of capitalism and its unique way of doing business. The growth of American railroads from 1830 to 1930 is identical with the growth of the nation into the premier industrial power in the world. It is a colorful story that examines the roles and contributions of Johns Hopkins, Cornelius Vanderbilt, Jay Gould and E.H. Harriman. It is a story that begins a new era in the 21st century with Warren Buffet and his purchase of the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway. Hosted by Gregory Wagrowski

Programs in this series are:
Program 1: Railroads come to America (1830 - 1840) In 1830, America was an agrarian nation slowly inching its way west across the Continent, but that was about to change spectacularly with the introduction of the steam locomotive and railroads.

Program 2: The First Great Railroad Boom (1841- 1860) By 1840 the railroad building boom was on and all of America was gripped by railroad fever and the expectation railroads offered to become a leading industrial power.

Program 3: A New Era in American Railroading (1861 - 1870) During the Civil War railroads dramatically changed the way war was waged forever. But even more significantly for America. President Abraham Lincoln set the course for railroads to place the nation on the path to greatness as a world power.

Program 4: The Second Great Railroad Boom (1871 - 2010) The Gilded Age, an era of great wealth and vast power, was driven by the railroad industry. It was also a period when the Federal government finally decided to step off the sidelines and help direct the nation's economy by controlling the railroads.

Features:
Closed Captioned
Spanish Subtitles
Blackline Master Quizzes
Timeline
31 Maps
Gallery of Images

Review

Hosted by actor Gregory Wagrowski, this four-volume series reminds viewers that the introduction of railroads signaled a revolutionary socioeconomic change. The historic spectrum covered here ranges from the first steam engines and lines built in the early 1800s, through the creation of the transcontinental railroad at the end of the 19th century, up to the current state of the industry (although no longer a large part of daily human transportation, trains still distribute goods nationwide, carrying 42 percent of the country's freight). Underlying this saga are the stories of the engineering marvels of the engines themselves and the building of the infrastructure required to traverse mountains, plains, rivers, and canyons. Railroads also spurred the development of new management structures, with cash-flow and accounting systems that delivered profits across a complex network. Economically, the capital investments required for the enterprise helped create the blueprint for cost-benefit analysis, while the legacy of property deals involving right-of-way along rail lines continue to be felt today (what started with telegraph and telephone companies running their wires along the tracks has now evolved into creating fiber optic networks). Combining informative narration, illustrative stills, archival footage, and helpful graphics, DVD extras include subtitles in Spanish, a teacher's guide, an image gallery, quizzes, timelines, and maps. Highly recommended. Aud: H, C, P. " --Video Librarian

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Product Details

  • Actors: Gregory Wagrowski
  • Directors: Ron Meyer
  • Format: NTSC
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Studio: Ambrose Video Publishing, Inc.
  • DVD Release Date: May 1, 2010
  • Run Time: 120 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: B003XW49FY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #291,535 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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You should be careful with this item. I ordered this "set" and only received Program disk #1, NOT the complete set of 4 or 5 disks. The one disk had already been opened, and was NOT in "new" condition. This must be from an "outside vendor", so make sure you really want to buy this item.
The show itself is for a "school" setting, and not targeted at a recreational market. Interesting if I was in high school. I only wish we had shows like this back then.
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