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America: The Story of Us
« on: April 26, 2010, 12:52 AM »
Anyone watching the series?  Pretty big episodes I guess. 

I watched most of tonight's but had to leave so I couldn't watch it all...  I'm trying to catch the latter part now that I'm home.

It's interesting.  It's the kind of thing I think it's good to sit and watch with your kids if they're not too young.  It really speeds through stuff though I think, but it's interesting still and seems like a really nicely put together series.
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Re: America: The Story of Us
« Reply #1 on: April 26, 2010, 02:51 AM »
I watched some of it tonight but not all.  I agree, I think this looks to be a good series.  They are moving fast, but if they hit the important highlights it'll be a really good educational suplement for students and a good refresher for the rest of us.

I know in high school it seemed like we always got to the mid 1900's and then things really kind of wound down.  It never seeemed like history class ever got into the meaty parts of the 60's and 70's, maybe even the 50's.  I remember covering WWII a lot but not so much Korea and definitely not Vietman as much as we could have.

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Re: America: The Story of Us
« Reply #2 on: April 26, 2010, 08:15 AM »
I haven't watched it yet, but did DVR the first two episodes last night.  Hopefully I'll get time tonight after my daughter goes to bed to watch some.  Now that I'm done with my first Masters class I actually have a little time to watch TV.
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Re: America: The Story of Us
« Reply #3 on: April 26, 2010, 04:02 PM »
I enjoyed the shows last night, but was a little torn by how quickly they moved through the content. 

I liked the fact that all of the video recreations, etc. seemed to be all new and very well done.  However after watching the in depth multi-part Revolution series a few years ago I was unsure if I liked how quickly "The Story of Us" moved through some really meaty sections of the Revolutionary War and completely left out other key parts.  They dwelled on other areas that were colorful, but maybe less important. 

I felt that they could have done a better job telling how we got our asses kicked in a lot of battles and were close to losing the whole thing, only to pull out a victory in the end.  They seemed to say that "a bunch of stuff happened", Washington camped at Valley Forge in the snowy, poopy mud, then we won the battle at Yorktown, and then we hung our flag up and smiled.

Overall I liked it and learned some new things I hadn't known before, but didn't feel this was a very deep or accurate telling of the Revolutionary War.

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Re: America: The Story of Us
« Reply #4 on: April 26, 2010, 04:47 PM »
They really stayed longer on the Revolution than anything though...  I was surprised how it slowed down at that point.

They jumped from Thanksgiving, completely over the French & Indian War all together...  They didn't even mention it, which is odd because it really was the first major event after the initial settlements to shape America and lead into the revolution.

The Revolution's been covered by its own series so much I'm pretty ok if they skim it, and skimming in general's sort of a necessity, so I'm looking forward to future stuff that maybe doesn't have as much of a spotlight on it. 
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Re: America: The Story of Us
« Reply #5 on: April 27, 2010, 10:09 AM »
I got to watch about 20 minutes of the first episode last night.  I was glad to see that they mentioned John Rolfe being married to Pocohantas and not John Smith.  That is a common misconception that nobody seems interested in correcting.
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Re: America: The Story of Us
« Reply #6 on: April 27, 2010, 10:57 AM »
I got to watch about 20 minutes of the first episode last night.  I was glad to see that they mentioned John Rolfe being married to Pocohantas and not John Smith.  That is a common misconception that nobody seems interested in correcting.

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Re: America: The Story of Us
« Reply #7 on: April 27, 2010, 11:39 AM »
I got to watch about 20 minutes of the first episode last night.  I was glad to see that they mentioned John Rolfe being married to Pocohantas and not John Smith.  That is a common misconception that nobody seems interested in correcting.

Wait. You mean the Disney movie wasn't accurate???

Holy ****, does that mean that Avatar is all ****** up too?   ;D

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Re: America: The Story of Us
« Reply #8 on: April 27, 2010, 04:09 PM »
******* smartasses. :)

Yeah, every year I have to correct my kids that John Rolfe married Pocohantas and not Smith.  Damn movies need to get it right.
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Re: America: The Story of Us
« Reply #9 on: April 30, 2010, 11:42 AM »
Okay, got to watch the episode the other night and I really did enjoy it.

I was disappointed about them not mentioning the French and Indian War...and how losing that land was part of the reason the French were so willing to help the Americans.  I appreciated how they showed the American way of fighting the war through guerilla tactics.  And again, it was great they pointed out how the Americans chased (although they didn't mention the ambush part) the British soldiers all the way back to Boston.  FWIW, that was the only battle of the war Capt. Parker fought in.  I believe he had tuberculosis and ended up dying in Sept. 1775 and was too sick to participate at Bunker Hill.
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Re: America: The Story of Us
« Reply #10 on: May 24, 2010, 11:44 AM »
Anybody still watching this series?

I've enjoyed most of it so far.  I thought they skipped over a few things they probably should have included, but overall not too bad.  I haven't watched last nights episode yet, but it's on the DVR to be watched this week.  I'm up through the one on the steel and moving into the 20th century, right up to the Great Depression.
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Re: America: The Story of Us
« Reply #11 on: May 24, 2010, 07:13 PM »
I haven't been watching this but I'm hoping they put it out on DVD later.  I'd pick that up and watch it.

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