10 days that unexpectedly changed America

History Channel (Television network)

DVD - 2006

Acclaimed documentary filmmakers offer a fresh, compelling look at 10 pivotal moments in American history and their often unforeseen repercussions.

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[Burlington, VT] : New York : A & E Home Video ; Distributed by New Video c2006.
Item Description
Title from container.
"Featuring the work of acclaimed directors: Joe Berlinger, R.J. Cutler, Kate Davis & David Heilbroner, Michael Epstein, Rob Epstein & Jeffrey Friedman, Barak Goodman & John Maggio, Rory Kennedy, James Moll, Bruce Sinofsky, Marco Williams."
Special features: Thirty-minute behind-the-scenes bonus; Filmmaker bios & filmographies.
Physical Description
3 v. (DVD) (1 videodisc per volume) (ca. 460 min.) : sd., col. and b&w ; 4 3/4 in
Region 1; Dolby Digital stereo.
Corporate Author
History Channel (Television network) (-)
Other Authors
Joe Berlinger (-), R. J. Cutler, Kate Davis, David Heilbroner, Michael Epstein, Robert P. Epstein, 1955-, Jeffrey Friedman, Barak Goodman, John Maggio, Rory Kennedy, James Moll, Bruce Sinofsky, Marco Williams, Martin Sheen, Jeffrey Wright, Joe Morton, 1947-, Campbell Scott, Hector Elizondo, Terry Kinney
  • v. 1 (disc 1 (ca. 3 hrs., 4 min.)). Massacre at Mystic ; Shays' Rebellion: America's first civil war ; Gold rush ; Antietam
  • v. 2 (disc 2 (ca. 2 hrs., 18 min.)). The Homestead strike ; Murder at the fair: the assassination of President McKinley ; Scopes: the battle over Americ's soul
  • v. 3 (disc 3 (ca. 2 hrs., 18 min. + extras)). Einstein's letter ; When America was rocked ; Freedom summer.
Review by School Library Journal Reviews

Gr 9 Up—Ten incidents which were either the precursors to or the consequences of high profile events in our country's history are introduced in this high-quality anthology. The producers commissioned ten independent filmmakers to bring these incidents to life. The compilation has great value as an enrichment and research source. Each episode, which bears the artistic vision of its producer, relies on commentaries by noted historians to explain the event and its later significance; extremely credible live re-creations; period artwork, crisp graphics, well-selected photographs, and archival footage. The events featured are: the 1637 massacre of Native Americans by English settlers near what is now Mystic, Connecticut, which contributed to the establishment of a pattern that some feel continues in a less bloody vein today; Shays' Rebellion (1786–1787) over taxes which strengthened the call for the adoption of our Constitution; the California Gold Rush which began in 1848 and motivated the opening of the Western United States; the bloody 1862 battle at Antietam which eventually led to the issuance of the Emancipation Proclamation; the Homestead Strike in 1892 which first pitted the forces of labor against the owners of a powerful Pennsylvania steel company; the 1901 assassination of President McKinley which led to the Progressive Era; 1925's Scopes Trial which highlighted the deep divisions within our country on many levels that continues today; the development of the atomic bomb during World War II; the 1956 introduction of Elvis Presley to a nationwide audience via television which illustrated that medium's power as an instrument of cultural change; and the Freedom Summer of 1964 and the callous murder of three civil rights workers. This excellent compilation accurately details pivotal moments in our country's history that impacted its future. A significant resource for supplemental use in the classroom and as a research tool.—Dwain Thomas, formerly of Lake Park High School, Roselle, IL [Page 69]. Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Pivotal events in American history are examined in this extensive collection of shows from the History Channel. The subject matter includes Elvis Presley's performance on the Ed Sullivan Show, events leading up to the formation of the Manhattan Project, the story behind the Constitution and much more. Top talent includes narration by actors such as Martin Sheen and Jeffrey Wright, and animation by Bill Plympton. Bonus features include behind-the-scenes footage, filmmaker bios and filmographies.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

A look at ten pivotal events in American history and culture.