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Trapped in the Sierra Nevadas during the bitter winter of 1846, nearly 90 members of the Donner and Reed families longed for California's "Promised Land." But an untried shortcut became a death warrant for half of them--victims of madness, death, and cannibalism. The program re-creates the Donner Party's journey from family journals, newspaper accounts, and interviews with historians and descendants.
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5.0

Westward-Ho Map Not Told!

By Ami

from PA

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Comments about PBS American Experience: The Donner Party: A Film by Ric Burns DVD:

I found this story very useful in illustrating the perils of traveling West to seek a different fortune. It hit home to any of my students who are immigrants as they could identify with the need to seek a better life along with its dangers ad unknowns. Both were brave souls!

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5.0

What an amazing story of survival!

By Jlaplante24

from Cazadero, CA

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Comments about PBS American Experience: The Donner Party: A Film by Ric Burns DVD:

It's hard to imagine the context of life for westward pioneers in 1846, but this PBS film takes you up close and personal with the tail end of the Donner Party's very long trek. Incredible story of survival and the movie captures even the smallest detail. I was moved by the courage of all but especially the women. Excellent, excellent job by the film makers.

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5.0

Educational

By Beth

from Massachusetts

Comments about PBS American Experience: The Donner Party: A Film by Ric Burns DVD:

During a trip around the country this year we went past a sign that read "Donner's Pass". We were heading elsewhere and did not visit it, now I wish we had after seeing this DVD which I found extremely educational ...

(19 of 19 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Heartbreaking and Outstanding

By Graves decendant

from Colfax, Ca.

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Comments about PBS American Experience: The Donner Party: A Film by Ric Burns DVD:

We live in the Sierra Nevada Mts near the area the Donner party was trapped in 1846. Every snow I think about what these people went through and can not even imagine thier suffering and thier fortitude to survive that ordeal. Ironicaly, I grew up to marry a decendant of the Graves family. The little boy John Graves is my husbands grgrgrgr grandfather. I bought this DVD for our children to appreciate the history of what it took for generations of pioneers to make thier dreams come true. The personal aspect adds to the life lessons learned from this DVD. Plan ahead and plan well. The shortcuts in life are not always the best route and the most important lesson to us, it's possible to survive great hardships and I tell you after watching this movie, we shouldn't spend our lives sweating the small stuff. Thank you Ric Burns, we had told the kids the story, they were taught it in school, but this movie puts you there to truely understand the tragedy and hardship of so many pioneers who have sacrificed everything for the dream of a better life for themselves and thier children against overwhelming odds.

(6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

One of the great documentaries

By Ra/el

from New York, NY

Comments about PBS American Experience: The Donner Party: A Film by Ric Burns DVD:

this documentary is a classic, still looked to as one of the best -- and studied by film students as an example of how to tell a great story on film with just a few photographs and some gorgeous writing.

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