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The Oregon Trail
The Oregon Trail
Directors: Trinklein, Boettcher
Genres: Kids & Family, Music Video & Concerts, Special Interests, Educational, Documentary
2002     1hr 50min

Created by a four-time Emmy-winning filmmaker, "The Oregon Trail" chronicles the great mid-1800s trek across the unsettled American West. One in ten pioneers died along the way; many walked the entire 2,000 miles barefoot;...  more »


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Directors: Trinklein, Boettcher
Genres: Kids & Family, Music Video & Concerts, Special Interests, Educational, Documentary
Sub-Genres: Kids & Family, Pop, Rock & Roll, Special Interests, Educational, History
Studio: Boettcher
Format: DVD - Color,Full Screen
DVD Release Date: 09/01/2002
Release Year: 2002
Run Time: 1hr 50min
Screens: Color,Full Screen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 5
Edition: Collector's Edition,Special Edition

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Great movie for your classrom
marey1318 | California | 06/23/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)

"My class was studying about Westward Movement and I thought that this movie was a great resource for it. While Historians comment on the hardships and hazards along the trail, the movie shows stunning pictures of the trail and its famous landmarks. My students enjoyed watching the tapes because it gave them a visual aid to everything they were reading and learning about."
Very entertaining
Tim Hackman | Milwaukee WI | 11/13/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This program is jam-packed with interesting tidbits. A lot of fun for adults and kids. Plus, I learned a lot. Who knew that almost all the children crossed the country barefoot!"
Great dvd to history
Traditio | Little Rock, AR USA | 12/31/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I think ths is the best historical dvd Ive ever seen. Lots of video and still of the actual trail and an excellent commentary. I learned so much about the Oregon Trail that I want to travel some of it just to see some of the sights."
Great for classroom use.
Josh N. Barber | Washington State, USA | 11/25/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)

"I bought this for my freshman northwest history class. The video isn't delivered with the polish of a major hollywood production but it's fairly good.

The documentary is divided into 4 half-hour episodes with dividable sections within each. I like that we can watch a section at a time and then stop and ask questions.

I also like that the film uses primary sources quite a bit by quoting newspapers and journals from those that made the journey. While it strives to present the story as unbiased I do feel that it comes up short in its treatment of the native americans views on westward expansion. It's fairly neutral but there's just not much there to work with for initiating a discussion."