The American Experience: Season 23, Episode 3

Dinosaur Wars (17 Jan. 2011)

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From PBS and American Experience - In the summer of 1868, paleontologist Othniel Charles Marsh boarded a Union Pacific train for a sightseeing excursion through the heart of the newly ... See full summary »

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From PBS and American Experience - In the summer of 1868, paleontologist Othniel Charles Marsh boarded a Union Pacific train for a sightseeing excursion through the heart of the newly opened American West. While most passengers simply saw magnificent landscapes, Marsh soon realized he was traveling through the greatest dinosaur burial ground of all time. Written by Anonymous

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Marvelous viewing.
16 December 2011 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This is the second part of the wonderful two-part biography of Ulysses Grant that was shown on "The American Experience" on PBS television. These are must-see documentaries--exceptionally well made and fascinating throughout.

Part two has to do with the life of Grant following the US Civil War. Although I am a retired history teacher, I must admit that I didn't know all that much about the Grant administrations as President--other than knowing about the wide-spread corruption for which it's known for today. However, this show re-framed his administration and pointed out many exceptional qualities of the man that I really did not know. The most admirable is his support for full citizenship rights for Black-Americans as well as decent treatment of the native tribes. He was responsible for enforcing civil rights and crushing the KKK--a sharp contrast to the prior (Johnson) administration that sought to restore the old racist class system in the South. Also, I did not get the impression he was a bad man at all--and there was a lot to admire about him. He appeared to be a good family man and loving husband. But, unfortunately, he was also woefully naive--a man who didn't quite realize how despicable some of his 'friends' in Washington were. Perhaps he was too nice a guy. Because of this, seeing his MANY downturns in his later life was a bit sad to watch--yet still fascinating and exceptionally made throughout. Well worth seeing and a must for any history buff.

By the way, this and part one were originally shown in April, 2002.


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