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Schoolhouse Review: Marshall Publishing


Marshall Publishing produces  award winning DVDs, Books, Cds, Cd-Roms, broadcast and internet programming that are not only entertaining but educational as well.

For this review I was provided with The History of America in the 1880s DVD~A Decade of Progress. This is recommended for 4th grade and up. The cost of the DVD is $24.95 but right now it's on sale for $19.95. Right now you can get free first class shipping on the DVD (a $7.95 savings). Use coupon code TOS27 at checkout.

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Through rare photos, drawing, and re-enactments, you will find yourself taken back to the 1880s. This 60 minute DVD is packed with information about the 1880s. Did you know that at the beginning of the decade there were 38 states and 50 million people living in the United States and most of them lived on farms? By the end of the decade 13 more states were added and there were 63 million people living in the United States and 50% of the population were living in cities.

Also by the end of this decade the great and mighty Buffalo were on the verge of extinction.

There was so much going on during the 1880s. I usually think of Laura Ingalls Wilder when I think of the 1880s, my thoughts are of prairie life, log cabins, and and cold winters. America in the 1880s~A Decade of Progress help me to see and realize that so much more was happening in America. As Marshall Publishing states, this was a decade that has been largely ignored by historians. These were exciting times in America. People could cross the states in 7 days by train. Gone would be the days of it taking months by way of covered wagons. Cities were bustling. California doubled in population!

Some of the first for this decade:
  • The Kodak camera was introduced.
  • The 1st long distance phone call was made.
  • The Red Cross was founded.
  • The first Sears catalog was printed.
Also included is a bonus feature. A documentary of the life of Alexander Graham Bell.

My 14 year old son Joshua and I enjoyed watching America in the 1880s. My 8 and 10 year old boys liked it too but didn't appreciate it as much as we did. It will be something that we will watch again though.

On the Marshall Publishing website there is a study guide that includes a timeline of the 1880s, discussion questions, and more of that time period. You do need to scroll down to see it. It would have been nice if they had it in a pdf format for convenience.

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**Disclaimer: As a member of the Schoolhouse Review Crew, I received this product, at no cost to me, in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are mine.

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