American Experience: A Midwife's Tale DVD

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Item #: WA9282
Based on her personal diary, this program presents a dramatic exploration of the life of Martha Ballard, a woman who lived through the economic boom and bust, and political and social turmoil of the decades following the American Revolution. The video is approximately three minutes longer than the broadcast version.
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Based on her personal diary, this program presents a dramatic exploration of the life of Martha Ballard, a woman who lived through the economic boom and bust, and political and social turmoil of the decades following the American Revolution. The video is approximately three minutes longer than the broadcast version.

Bonus Features: PDF file - Teacher's guide.

Producer: Laurie Kahn-Leavitt
Production Year: 1997
Number of Discs: 1
Length: 90 minutes
Language Track: English
Audio Format: Stereo
Aspect Ratio: 4x3 Full Screen

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Jetblacksea
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5.0 star rating
09/16/21
well done I enjoyed the documentery
Review by Jetblacksea on 09/16/21 review stating well done I enjoyed the documentery
I never had any idea untill I watched this how many in the U.S. alone died of it, as they said more then all other wars combined before the 1918 pandemic broke out.
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Maggie
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5.0 star rating
09/16/21
Very informative.
Review by Maggie on 09/16/21 review stating Very informative.
Very informative.
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Maggie
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5.0 star rating
09/16/21
Very informative.
Review by Maggie on 09/16/21 review stating Very informative.
This story (based on real life) is so interesting. It makes you realize people have always been the same.
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Priscilla
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5.0 star rating
09/16/21
What a Woman!!!
Review by Priscilla on 09/16/21 review stating What a Woman!!!
I am probably a little predjudice in favor of Martha Moore Ballard as I am a distant cousin. However, that being said, I am in awe of this woman simply as another woman. I cant imagine the personal sacrifices she made for others. She did things I dont think I would have ever done, sometimes for complete strangers. Had she not kept this diary how much would have been lost to history. This DVD is a blessing!!!
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Sds
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5.0 star rating
09/16/21
Excellent account
Review by Sds on 09/16/21 review stating Excellent account
Great story of the pandemic of nearly a century ago as analyzed with modern forensic tools. Gives great insights to not only the medical and social impacts but how we humans fit in the global ecosystem and will always be as vulnerable as any organism residing in it...no matter how much technology we produce.
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Quincy
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5.0 star rating
09/16/21
Important Documentation of a Worldwide Calamity
Review by Quincy on 09/16/21 review stating Important Documentation of a Worldwide Calamity
My great aunt died at age 19 in this epidemic. I was born in the 1940s. I had this on VHS tape for years. Definitely wanted to keep it as a reminder of how microorganisms can devastate populations.
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Professor G.
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5.0 star rating
09/16/21
Moving Account of an Pandemic
Review by Professor G. on 09/16/21 review stating Moving Account of an Pandemic
I have used this video repeatedly to show nursing students the horror, pain, and sorrow that the influenza of 1918 caused in the U.S. Very well done and documented. Thank you,
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Gale S.
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5.0 star rating
09/16/21
An Incredible Early American Story
Review by Gale S. on 09/16/21 review stating An Incredible Early American Story
I have been searching for this for several years. I remember watching in amazement as this colonial womans life unfolded on the screen. The fact that she delivered over 1,000 babies, and yet only (from memory) two died and she never lost a mother, rivals the physicians of today and makes one understand just how complicated we have made this natural process. Excellent documentary.
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Gopherpuck[@]
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4.0 star rating
07/17/20
Riveting and fascinating!
Review by Gopherpuck[@] on 07/17/20 review stating Riveting and fascinating!
The Influenza Pandemic of 1918 is a part of American and world history that many people have never heard of, but it is a sobering story that needs to be told. This was one of the best episodes of The American Experience series that I have seen.
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Sewsheila
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4.0 star rating
07/17/20
Good DVD to add to the collection
Review by Sewsheila on 07/17/20 review stating Good DVD to add to the collection
I give 4 stars because the movie is what I expected, a supplement to my health lesson on public health in the early 1900s. Many of the phots are all over the internet and video clips on you tube so although it was not five stars, it did seem to validate the lesson.
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Lynn
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4.0 star rating
07/17/20
Very interesting
Review by Lynn on 07/17/20 review stating Very interesting
I have been searchingfamily data on ancestry and noted that a number of ancestors neighbors had died as a result of flu. This dvd added so much information. Thank you!
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Gallid
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4.0 star rating
07/17/20
Well done
Review by Gallid on 07/17/20 review stating Well done
An outstanding review of the 1918 flu pandemic. Useful as teaching examples of epidemiology and infectious disease control
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Student78
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5.0 star rating
07/17/20
Great product
Review by Student78 on 07/17/20 review stating Great product
Two-day shipping took FIVE days
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Chuck
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4.0 star rating
07/17/20
A look back at a tragedy few remember.
Review by Chuck on 07/17/20 review stating A look back at a tragedy few remember.
Fine show about the terrible influenza outbreak of 1918 that killed more Americans than all the wars of the 20th century combined. Yet few today even are aware it happened.
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Jt V.
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5.0 star rating
07/17/20
What a REAL Pandemic looked like!
Review by Jt V. on 07/17/20 review stating What a REAL Pandemic looked like!
This is a moving, heartbreaking, and in places... downright creepy documentary about a time largely forgotten by the world. It makes the Hysteria around SARS and H1N1 seem all the more foolish and self-indulgent. This is what a REAL Pandemic looks like!
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Carole
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4.0 star rating
07/17/20
Influenza 1918
Review by Carole on 07/17/20 review stating Influenza 1918
This film had the excellent footage, interviews, and primary source material that American Experience does so well. I will use it for my high school classes to give a human face to the historic epidemic, particularly as it includes interviews with individuals who lost parents and friends.
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Dynamic D.
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5.0 star rating
07/17/20
I did but this video again
Review by Dynamic D. on 07/17/20 review stating I did but this video again
I find this movie to be a great thriller but more importantly, it was real and can happen again. The next pandemic will move much faster than in 1918. As a health care professional trying to promote preparedness I find most people dont think the flu is any big thing. Even health care professionals do not get their flu shots. This movie makes the flu important.
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Ms A.
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5.0 star rating
07/17/20
Loved it! Some things still like today
Review by Ms A. on 07/17/20 review stating Loved it! Some things still like today
Well done, kept my interest throughout the whole story. Not only does it tell of midwifery but it shows colonial life and how human nature has not changed in family situations up to the present time.
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Rosebud
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5.0 star rating
07/17/20
This is a great historical movie
Review by Rosebud on 07/17/20 review stating This is a great historical movie
This movie show the society history that nothing has changed.
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Night O.
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5.0 star rating
07/17/20
Resonated with me!
Review by Night O. on 07/17/20 review stating Resonated with me!
I have been a long time supporter of PBS, I know over the years this station has shown informative, humorous, and touching shows.The Midwifes Tale astounded me of the level of professionalism this woman showed and the acceptance of the hardships that went along with it.I watched the bulletins for a replay time (I had told so many nurse friends of mine about it.) Alas! not to be. Since Ive been getting adventurous on the internet with the help of your newsletters, I found your DVD site. Thank YOU.


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