American Experience: Freedom Riders DVD

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This inspirational documentary is about a band of courageous civil rights activists calling themselves the Freedom Riders. Gaining impressive access to influential figures on both sides of the issue, it chronicles a chapter of American history that stands as an astonishing testament to the accomplishment of youth and what can result from the incredible combination of personal conviction and the ... More
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This inspirational documentary is about a band of courageous civil rights activists calling themselves the Freedom Riders. Gaining impressive access to influential figures on both sides of the issue, it chronicles a chapter of American history that stands as an astonishing testament to the accomplishment of youth and what can result from the incredible combination of personal conviction and the courage to organize against all odds.

In 1961, segregation seemed to have an overwhelming grip on American society. Many states violently enforced the policy, while the federal government, under the Kennedy administration, remained indifferent, preoccupied with matters abroad. That is, until an integrated band of college students - many of whom were the first in their families to attend a university - decided, en masse, to risk everything and buy a ticket on a Greyhound bus bound for the Deep South. They called themselves the Freedom Riders, and they managed to bring the president and the entire American public face to face with the challenge of correcting civil rights inequities that plagued the nation.

Veteran filmmaker Stanley Nelson's inspirational documentary is the first feature-length film about this courageous band of civil rights activists. Gaining impressive access to influential figures on both sides of the issue, Nelson chronicles a chapter of American history that stands as an astonishing testament to the accomplishment of youth and what can result from the incredible combination of personal conviction and the courage to organize against all odds.

This documentary is based partly on Raymond Arsenault's acclaimed book Freedom Riders: 1961and the Struggle for Racial Justice.

Producer: Stanley Nelson, Laurens Grant
Production Company: Firelight Films
Production Year: 2011
Copyright Year: 2011
Rating: TV-PG
Writers: Stanley Nelson
Number of Discs: 1
Length: 120 minutes
Subtitled: Y
Subtitle Languages: English (SDH)
Audio Format: 5.1 Surround
Aspect Ratio: 16x9 Widescreen

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Cynthia
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5.0 star rating
04/20/22
Great when teaching Civil Rights
Review by Cynthia on 04/20/22 review stating Great when teaching Civil Rights
Since my students read John Lewiss graphic novel called March books 1-3, this really helped them comprehend book 2.
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Steven G.
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5.0 star rating
09/15/21
brilliant
Review by Steven G. on 09/15/21 review stating brilliant
american experience excellence, as usual
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Roper
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5.0 star rating
09/15/21
Deeply Impacting
Review by Roper on 09/15/21 review stating Deeply Impacting
This is an excellent source for Government classes when it is time to learn about the Civil Rights struggle and Civil Disobedience.
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Chester
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5.0 star rating
06/25/21
Great dvd
Review by Chester on 06/25/21 review stating Great dvd
Was a teen at the time, heard about it but press only covered the well known names. This is more revealing
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D S.
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5.0 star rating
06/23/21
Freedom Riders
Review by D S. on 06/23/21 review stating Freedom Riders
This is a great DVD showing how hard and long it was to get the rights to vote and remind us to keep moving forward. The Struggle Continues .
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Dino G.
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5.0 star rating
07/17/20
Dinosaur Wars
Review by Dino G. on 07/17/20 review stating Dinosaur Wars
If your a fan of dinosaurs, or just getting into paleontology, this is a great DVDs. Go back to a time when dinosaurs were just making their presence know to the world. This was the late 19th and early 20th century. And to of the greatest early paleontologists of the time! Marsh and Cope. Once friendly rivals, became bitter rivals in the discovery of dinosaurs. If the names arent familiar, this DVD will leave an indelible mark as to what early paleontologists were like. A extremely important part of American, and the world, of not only important dinosaur finds, but how cuthroated Cope and Marsh were!!! Definitely a must for paleontologist history!!!
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Hey B.
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5.0 star rating
07/17/20
I would purchase this documentary for a friend.
Review by Hey B. on 07/17/20 review stating I would purchase this documentary for a friend.
Great documentary about the Eye Witness period for me.
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Strom B.
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5.0 star rating
07/17/20
I didnt know
Review by Strom B. on 07/17/20 review stating I didnt know
I didnt know that this instance pretty much began Americas tradition of helping other countries. Seeing how suspicious we were of the Bolsheviks at this time, its surprising that we helped out-until we see what American observers saw.
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Unknown
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5.0 star rating
07/17/20
I would buy this again
Review by Unknown on 07/17/20 review stating I would buy this again
This was a very overwhelming movie
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Hk
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4.0 star rating
07/17/20
Great for Class
Review by Hk on 07/17/20 review stating Great for Class
This is an informative documentary that works well when paired with discussions of labor history, Progressive Era, and gender. The documentary would have been strengthened by a discussion of the larger labor context in more detail, but overall, it does a good job of painting a vivid picture of labor conditions.
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Avocet7
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5.0 star rating
07/17/20
Powerful
Review by Avocet7 on 07/17/20 review stating Powerful
Never having heard of the Triangle Fire, I then explored it through On-line sources as well as the change it brought to our manufacturing industry, most heavily populated by immigrants who often lived in similar conditions. Weve improved upon that, but our reforms havent as yet reached the 3rd-world countries that now produce our modern textiles: history repeats itself. We might not mind paying a little more in order to avoid this kind of tragedy.
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Stila
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5.0 star rating
07/17/20
Excellent documentaries about these generals
Review by Stila on 07/17/20 review stating Excellent documentaries about these generals
I bought these to give as a gift to a person interested in the Civil War and the people who fought it. I have seen the documentaries on TV before and thought them outstanding. I believe the recipient will enjoy the DVDs also.
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Louisrz
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4.0 star rating
07/17/20
Great history lession
Review by Louisrz on 07/17/20 review stating Great history lession
I learned a lot about the uprising at Stonewall that I didnt know.
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Docu J.
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5.0 star rating
07/17/20
Amazing Story
Review by Docu J. on 07/17/20 review stating Amazing Story
This documentary takes a comprehensive look at all the events leading to the realization of the canal. The story of the role of the canal in world history has been artfully described. An epic event is well documented here by PBS.
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Dangerous D.
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5.0 star rating
07/17/20
Great!!
Review by Dangerous D. on 07/17/20 review stating Great!!
Being an old Georgia Tech civil engineer and having spent several months in the Canal Zone myself, I found this DVD a fascinating and well done account of the project. It is a good mix of both the engineering challenges and the human challenges of operating in such a hostile environment. Completion of the Panama Canal was a monumental accomplishment, almost as much so as the moon landings 55 years later.
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Avid R.
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5.0 star rating
07/17/20
Mom played hooky from Triangle
Review by Avid R. on 07/17/20 review stating Mom played hooky from Triangle
My mother was a bundle girl at the Triangle Shirtwaist Co. in lower Manhattan. I was anxious to see if a picture of her would be shown. However, it was of mostly the sewing girls. However, on that day she and a friend went uptown without reporting to anyone that they would not be working that day. Her brothers, seven of them, tried to look at the bodies in order to identify their sister. They could not find her and when she did show up, they were relieved and very, very angry with her. To see for myself what kind of place she had to work in, brought it all back to me. I shall be playing this over and over again.
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Sharonik
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3.0 star rating
07/17/20
this is not the original presentation
Review by Sharonik on 07/17/20 review stating this is not the original presentation
american experience did a much better version of this terrible event, years ago. why has the previous programs been supplanted by an inferior presentation. even little details were left out: in this one we did not know the building next door was part of NYU and the men helping girls acroos were students there. some programs have been repeated are truly worth another viewing but what happened? was the original destroyed in a fire?
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Jazz
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5.0 star rating
07/17/20
Into The Past
Review by Jazz on 07/17/20 review stating Into The Past
This was for my grandchildren. In school they are not taught about the civil right movement, and this is a way to let them know although we live in a free country people have not always been free.
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Sol H.
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5.0 star rating
07/17/20
Out of Tragedy Came Much Needed Reforms
Review by Sol H. on 07/17/20 review stating Out of Tragedy Came Much Needed Reforms
For those who are interested in the history of factory system in the United States; as well as those who want to learn more about the experiences of immigrants on the Lower East Side of New York...this documentary is a must. The abuses of workers, mostly women, in the garment industry is the focus of this documentary. From the needless deaths of 148 young men in the Triangle Fire came much needed reforms. Excellent for use in both high school and university classes!
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Mark
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5.0 star rating
07/17/20
awesome DVD
Review by Mark on 07/17/20 review stating awesome DVD
Superb DVD about Robert E Lee and the Civil War. I was amazed at what I learned and how interesting the DVD was. Great job PBS....

Primetime Emmy award winner for…
- Outstanding Picture Editing for Nonfiction Programming
- Outstanding Writing for Nonfiction Programming (Stanley Nelson)
- Exceptional Merit in Nonfiction Filmmaking

"…phenomenal stories…makes you wonder where fearless idealism in this country has gone." - Los Angeles Times

"…a superb piece of filmic journalism." - Variety"



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