America: The Story of Us is a History Channel television series that spans American history from the late 1500’s to present day. In addition to covering major conflicts and developments that helped shape our nation, it also has episodes devoted to the rise of our infrastructure, the discovery of oil, the development of mass transportation and more.
The production of the series is impressive. Far from a scholarly documentary, it uses CGI, reenactments, photos, celebrities, politicians and more to create a Hollywood-esque overview of America’s rise to superpower status. It’s like history class meets The Matrix.
I recommend this series – especially if you have children who love action movies! My 6 yr old daughter didn’t like a lot of the rather graphic war scenes, but my 12 yr old son was enthralled!
This series is a fun and exciting introduction that provides a springboard to more in-depth study of American history. And don’t forget to check out history.com where they offer free teacher’s guides, classroom episode guides, and an idea book of activities.