American Experience: Riding the Rails DVD

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Item #: WA9852
New video segment featuring an interview with the filmmakers Photo gallery featuring archival images from the National Archives and the Library of Congress Excerpt from the companion bookProducer: Michael Uys, Lexy Lovell, Susan Bellows, Sharon Grimberg Executive Producer: Mark Samels Production Company: Out of the Blue Enterprises, LLC Production Year: 2003 Copyright Year: 1997 Director: Michael Uys, Lexy Lovell Narrator: ... More
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New video segment featuring an interview with the filmmakers
Photo gallery featuring archival images from the National Archives and the Library of Congress
Excerpt from the companion book

Producer: Michael Uys, Lexy Lovell, Susan Bellows, Sharon Grimberg
Executive Producer: Mark Samels
Production Company: Out of the Blue Enterprises, LLC
Production Year: 2003
Copyright Year: 1997
Director: Michael Uys, Lexy Lovell
Narrator: Richard Thomas
Writers: Michael Uys, Lexy Lovell
Discs: 1
Audio Format: Stereo
Aspect Ratio: 4x3 Full Screen

16 Reviews
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Karen
Verified Buyer
5.0 star rating
05/18/22
Exceptional video
Review by Karen on 05/18/22 review stating Exceptional video
The video was very well made with interesting interviews with people who rode the rail and why. I loved the old footage from the 30's of so many Young men and some girls who left home to ride the rails.
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James
Verified Buyer
5.0 star rating
02/07/22
Excellent
Review by James on 02/07/22 review stating Excellent
Excellent
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Rich
Anonymous User
5.0 star rating
08/03/21
unbelieveable! a trip into the future?
Review by Rich on 08/03/21 review stating unbelieveable! a trip into the future?
I cannt imagine how calloused the politicians were until FDR started his New Deal to relieve the strain. Are we headed there again?
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High L.
Anonymous User
5.0 star rating
11/12/20
I get teary eyed every time I watch it.
Review by High L. on 11/12/20 review stating I get teary eyed every time I watch it.
Interviews with adults who as teenagers rode the rails in search of work and escape from Depression era doldrums. Most teenagers today do not appreciate the hardships their grandparents and great grandparents went through during the 1930s. Some of the folks interviewed saw their experience riding the rails as a great adventure, but most were in very desperate straits. 21st century teens whose most pressing concern is how to afford the latest electronic gizmo or Vera Bradley bag could use the dose of reality this film provides.
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Billy C.
Anonymous User
5.0 star rating
11/12/20
memories of my father
Review by Billy C. on 11/12/20 review stating memories of my father
My father rode the rails searching for work. He told me great stories about people he met while doing so. One story about a man who saved his life because of my fathers inexperience on riding the rails. He sang me songs when I was young. Songs by Jimmie Rodgers about hobos he heard while staying in jungles
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Eldy
Anonymous User
5.0 star rating
11/12/20
A View of American Life
Review by Eldy on 11/12/20 review stating A View of American Life
Excellent!
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Carmine
Anonymous User
5.0 star rating
11/12/20
lots of fun
Review by Carmine on 11/12/20 review stating lots of fun
need of of this type of history
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Okieprofessor
Anonymous User
4.0 star rating
11/08/20
Excellent film for students
Review by Okieprofessor on 11/08/20 review stating Excellent film for students
I use this in my history survey courses as an added interesting side bar to the Great Depression. In discussing with students how the depression effected everyone- this adds to the discussion. Students are interested in learning how the youth of America fared and the interviews are wonderful. Generally my students are fascinated by this film.
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Mrsr
Anonymous User
5.0 star rating
11/08/20
Brings history alive for my students
Review by Mrsr on 11/08/20 review stating Brings history alive for my students
I pair this with a novel to teach students about the Depression both in literature and history.
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Paul D.
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5.0 star rating
10/08/20
Very good .
Review by Paul D. on 10/08/20 review stating Very good .
I lived through this era. This film brought back many memories of my growing experience.
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Old J.
Anonymous User
5.0 star rating
10/08/20
American Experience: Riding the Rails
Review by Old J. on 10/08/20 review stating American Experience: Riding the Rails
I ordersd this because my father was one of these young people who rode the rails. When he would tell me of his adventures and his friends who went with him, he never told me why they did this. I just assumed that they did it for a lark.
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A B.
Anonymous User
5.0 star rating
10/08/20
A great way to go back in time!
Review by A B. on 10/08/20 review stating A great way to go back in time!
Very, very interesting with a nice presentation and a good format. Felt like we were right there.
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Aging H.
Anonymous User
5.0 star rating
10/08/20
Phoebe Eaton, A Girl On The Rails
Review by Aging H. on 10/08/20 review stating Phoebe Eaton, A Girl On The Rails
I actually missed the program but recently read my cousins book Chronicles of a Western Family in which she describes her adventure on the rails from Wyoming to Seattle in the 30s as well as the rest of her amazing life story. She is now 87 and I plan to order the DVD of The American Experience:Riding The Rails, The Great Depression Story of Youth in America because she is the only female featured in the documentary.
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Butterfly
Anonymous User
5.0 star rating
07/17/20
riding the rails is a must see
Review by Butterfly on 07/17/20 review stating riding the rails is a must see
every generation including the older people like myself (born 1943) should view this to put their own childhood in perspective.
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Woody
Anonymous User
4.0 star rating
07/17/20
Riding the Rails
Review by Woody on 07/17/20 review stating Riding the Rails
Seems to me another PBS program highlighted the end of wandering teenagers as the initiation of the CCC and other NRA programs. This film didnt make the link. But it is an entertaining portrait of some pretty independent, sometimes beligerant punks who rode for fun, adventure, and eventual starvation. Interesting to see kids like my Dad must have been like during a time when their options were limited.
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Nicko
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4.0 star rating
07/17/20
Very good!
Review by Nicko on 07/17/20 review stating Very good!
Informative and entertaining.


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