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While we primarily do our learning with books, it is nice to add videos to the mix. Our family loves the ‘educational’ channels like Discovery and History. However, there are times when an actual DVD is a better fit for what we need to cover.
America in the 1880’s from Marshall Publishing is one such DVD. You can look high and low and come up mostly empty handed when you are seeking a visual format for learning more about that particular decade.
About THE HISTORY OF AMERICA IN THE 1880S DVD – A DECADE OF PROGRESS
Just like a time machine, we 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 and Sullivan …Wyatt Earp…Jesse James and Billy the Kid ….Alexander Graham Bell ….John D. Rockefeller ….Andrew Carnegie ….Samuel Gompers ….Susan B. Anthony ….Lillian Russell ….and many more!
You will 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 will 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!
If you are seeking a DVD that is primarily composed of big budget reenactments with dialogs, then this one isn’t going to meet that desire for the 1880s. However, you’ll get nice narration with pleasant music in the background with plenty of historical photographs and some video of the settings and some ‘re-enactments’ such as a cowboy riding a horse. The additional documentary film on Alexander Graham Bell is done as a reenactment, though, and P commented that he found it interesting and didn’t mind that it is in black and white rather than color.
The boys are studying US History this school year, but are just at the beginning of that material. We watched this DVD once for this review and I plan to pull it out again when we reach this time period in US History this Spring. Marshall Publishing also offers a short study guide on the product page to help expand the use of this DVD. I have a feeling that a later viewings will have them picking up other tidbits of information as it seems like you can overlook some facts the first time they are presented. And, a video can provide a wonderful break from reading while reinforcing what you are studying.
American in the 1880s retails for $24.95, but is currently available for $19.95 on the website. It is recommended for grades 4 and up and runs about 60 minutes including the bonus track on Alexander Graham Bell. Marshall Publishing even offers a 60 day money back guarantee which is spelled out on their website.
Disclaimer ~ We were provided with the materials mentioned in this review to facilitate a review as a member of the Schoolhouse Review Crew. No monetary compensation occurred and all opinions are my own. You can see what other Crewmates had to say about this product and others by visiting the Schoolhouse Review Crew website.