America: The Story of Us

TV review by Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 12+

U.S. history gets dramatic in worthy educational series.

Parents say

age 13+

Based on 6 reviews

Kids say

age 11+

Based on 8 reviews

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age 16+

Used greusome outliers and graphic imagery to sensationalize. Had little depth of content.

I would give more stars for the reenactments and production in terms of bringing history to life . However, the content had little depth, even for me - I am no history buff. The 2nd episode showed a scalp being sewed back on, and spent all of the time about Westward expansion on one experience- that of the Donner Family's cannibalism, rather than attempting to paint a broader experience. I terribly regret my kids seeing the 2nd episode. Had we learned something, then I'd say it might be worth it for older kids. But I do not recommend this for any age. (eta: we only watched the first 2 episodes).
age 13+

A good TOOL to help reinforce a history concept

America: The Story of Us is a great way to reinforce a topic from your child's history lessons. Please do not take these as stand alone and be all end all sources of the events described. Some of the episodes can be quite violent such as the U.S. Revolution and the Civil War, which are probably two of the most violent of the episodes. Of course there is the Westward episode which discusses the Donner party. All of the violence however, is in a historical context, and History Channel did a good job trying to limit how much you actually see someone get "killed".

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