America: The Story of UsDirector:
Cast: Liev Schreiber
America The Story of Us is a 12-hour television miniseries that tells the extraordinary story of how America was invented. With highly realistic CGI animation, dramatic recreations, and thoughtful insights from some of America's most respected artists, business leaders, academics, and intellectuals, it is a comprehensive telling of America's history. Elaborate, ambitious, and cinematic, America The Story of Us takes you into the moments when Americans harnessed technology to advance human progress: from the rigors of linking the continent by transcontinental railroad (the Internet of its day); to triumphing over vertical space through the construction of steel-structured buildings; to putting a man on the moon. It is an intensive look at the people, places, and things that have shaped the nation, and the tough and thrilling adventure that is America's 400-year history. Cited as the single most elaborate and ambitious documentary miniseries ever created under the auspices of the History Channel network, America: The Story of Us offers a sweeping and comprehensive chronicle of the individuals, events and philosophies that shaped the United States. The twelve-part program spans four centuries, from the early 1700s into the volatile first decade of the 21st century, and covers milestones including, the erection of the transcontinental railway, construction of the very first steel skyscrapers, and the 1969 moon landing. The narrative approach involves filtering these seminal occurrences through the eyes of the various citizens who experienced them, such as frontiersmen, slaves, immigrants and inventors. Numerous celebrity participants also turn up to share their thoughts on America itself, and what being an American means - including Buzz Aldrin, Meryl Streep, Melissa Etheridge, Donald Trump and others.This history of America not only recalls crucial events, but also examines technological achievements and the environment. Throught the twelve episodes, a diverse group of celebrities and other notable figures, including Tom Brokaw, Meryl Streep, Colin Powell, Buzz Aldrin, Michael Douglas, Donald Trump, and John Legend share what being an American means to them. ~ Bill EcklundThis documentary examines how various innovations and inventions have expanded American commerce over the country's history.This documentary examines how the ramping up of American technology for World War II helped bring about an end to the Great Depression.This documentary examines how the great technological advances made in America affected our responses to such watershed events as the 9/11 attacks, the explosion of the Challenger space shuttle, and the end of the Cold War.
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I bought this DVD for my husband who loves history. Although it is a good documentary, it is not a great one. If you want to feel good or have a sense of pride in your country, this will do that. It covers the main events that helped shape our country. Granted, not everything could be covered in depth but at least events and time lines were mentioned. However, for both of us, this documentary loses a lot of credibility when you have celebrity commentaries. People such as: Michael Douglas, Sheryl Crow, John Legend, Tim Gunn, and Michael Strahan are to name some of the celebrities to comment on America's history. Now, I don't know about you but in my opinion, these people are not historians or researchers on the topcis covered. Instead, knowing the political standings of these individuals makes this documentary seem more liberal than historican and unbiased. Would I buy this for anyone else? No. Would I show this in a classroom studing American History? No. Would I recommend this? No.
My colleagues and I use this series in our 8th grade American History classes. We show short clips sandwiched in between readings and the students love it. They are always disappointed when the clip ends. This has our tech savvy students engaged in their learning. Th e negative review must have a personal vendetta towards this product. I notice they are anonymous. C. Kruger