An American Girl Holiday (TV Movie 2004) Poster

(2004 TV Movie)

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  • Samantha Parkington is a character from the American Girl product line of dolls, clothes, books, movies, and accessories that have been developed as a way of teaching history to young girls. Each character, usually a preteen, lives during a different time and in a different setting in America. Nine-year-old Samantha lives in New York just after the turn of the century (1904). Valerie Tripp is the author of the American Girl book series. The novel was adapted for the screen by Canadian screenwriter Anna Sandor.

  • Topics that are touched upon in Samantha: An American Girl Holiday include Women's Suffrage (the right to vote), the Orphan Train, and the rise of factories, all coupled into a story about friendship.

  • Yes. Samantha: An American Girl Holiday is the first film in a series of (so far) seven American Girl movies. It was followed by Felicity: An American Girl Adventure (2005) (2005), Molly: An American Girl on the Home Front (2006) (2006). Kit Kittredge: An American Girl (2008) (2008), An American Girl: Chrissa Stands Strong (2009) (2009), McKenna Shoots for the Stars (2012) (2012), and Saige Paints the Sky (2013) (2013).

  • Kaya® lives in the Pacific Northwest; she was born in 1755.

    Felicity® lives in Williamsburg, Virginia; she was born on April 21st, 1765.

    Elizabeth® lives in Williamsburg, Virginia; she was born on November 5th, 1765.

    Josefina® lives near Santa Fe, New Mexico; she was born on March 19th, 1815.

    Kirsten® lives near Maryville, Minnesota; she was born on June 8th, 1845.

    Addy® lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; she was born a slave in 1855, and chooses April 9th as her birthday.

    Samantha® lives in Mount Bedford, New York; she was born on May 26th, 1895.

    Nellie lives in New York City, New York; she was born on October 15th, 1895.

    Kit® lives in Cincinnati, Ohio; she was born on May 19th, 1923.

    Emily was born in England on September 29th, 1933.

    Molly® lives in Jefferson, Illinois; she was born on April 22nd, 1934.

    Julie lives in San Francisco, California; she was born May 1st, 1966.

    Ivy lives in San Francisco, California; she was born February 28th, 1966.

  • That was a stereopticon, a sort of early slide projector, invented in 1850, that allowed a person to view realistic photographs one at a time. Like today's slide projectors, photographs could be viewed in certain orders in the stereopticon so as to tell stories.

  • They had a tragic boating accident on a river, and it was because of their deaths that Samantha (AnnaSophia Robb) was living with her Grandmary Edwards (Mia Farrow).

  • From about 1850 to 1930, homeless and abandoned children, many of them immigrants and/or orphans, from New York City and other large cities in the eastern United States, were sent out West on "Orphan Trains." The goal was to place them in homes in rural areas where they would be cared for and loved by their new families. In some cases, that was the outcome. In others, children (especially the older ones) were selected merely to serve as farmworkers, servants, or in factories. Although Nellie (Kelsey Lewis) was not afraid of hard work, she did not wish to be sent West on the orphan train because it would most likely end up separating her from her sisters, Bridget (Hannah Endicott-Douglas) and Jenny (Olivia Ballantyne).

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