PBS' American Experience/NEH Announce a Free DVD for Educators
Apologies for any cross-posting. I'm writing to alert you to an opportunity for a free DVD.
Tonight and tomorrow night, Feburary 20 and 21st, American Experience, PBS' award-winning history series, presents the final two installments of a six-hour special. "Abraham and Mary Lincoln: A House Divided," directed by David Grubin (producer of such acclaimed documentaries as "FDR," "Truman," "LBJ ," and "America 1900") is the first dual biography of the Lincolns.
Following its broadcast on American Experience, "A House Divided" will be available as a 3-DVD package containing the entire film plus several special features:
Interviews with David Grubin and his cinematographer, who talk about the challenges of making documentaries on historical subjects, and highlight several shots in the film, including the "bullet shot" of Lincolnís assassination, and the use of the Lincolnsí house in Springfield, Illinois.
"The Time of the Lincolns," a collection of voices from the time of the Lincolns, incorporating narrated primary sources, photographs, and other illustrations. This section presents the viewpoints and lives of a range of mid-nineteenth century individuals (including soldiers, a nurse, a former slave, an Abolitionist, a defender of slavery, a spy, and a womenís rights advocate) in their own words.
Links to further resources, including tours of historic sites, maps, galleries of photographs, an extensive teacherís guide, and many more primary sources, on a rich Web site created by American Experience at http://www.pbs.org/lincolns.
Access features that make the DVD available to people who are deaf or hearing impaired, through closed captioning, and to those who are blind or visually impaired, through Descriptive Video Service, a special narration track.
Limited numbers of the DVD package, which has been funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities, will be distributed at no charge to interested educators and libraries. (PBS will be selling the DVD to the general public as well.) In exchange, American Experience seeks feedback on the DVD and its potential for classroom use.
To receive a free copy of "A House Divided" on DVD, visit the American Experience Web site at http://www.pbs.org/lincolns/free_dvd.html and register. After you receive your DVD, we will send you email asking for feedback on how you use it. Quantities are limited, so register soon!
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