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The Resource Transcontinental railroad, PBS ; directed by Mark Zwonitzer and Michael Chin ; produced and written by Mark Zwonitzer ; a Hidden Hill Productions film for American Experience ; a production of WGBH Boston, (videorecording)

Transcontinental railroad, PBS ; directed by Mark Zwonitzer and Michael Chin ; produced and written by Mark Zwonitzer ; a Hidden Hill Productions film for American Experience ; a production of WGBH Boston, (videorecording)

Label
Transcontinental railroad
Title
Transcontinental railroad
Statement of responsibility
PBS ; directed by Mark Zwonitzer and Michael Chin ; produced and written by Mark Zwonitzer ; a Hidden Hill Productions film for American Experience ; a production of WGBH Boston
Contributor
Screenwriter
Cinematographer
Director
Production personnel
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
On May 10, 1869, at Promontory Summit, Utah, a boisterous crowd gathered to witness the completion of one of the greatest engineering feats of the 19th century: the building of the transcontinental railroad. The electrifying moment--the realization of a dream first pursued by a farsighted and determined engineer decades earlier--marked the culmination of six years of grueling work. Peopled by the ingenious entrepreneurs whose unscrupulous financing got the line laid, the brilliant engineers who charted the railroad's course and hurdled the geological obstacles in its way, the armies of workers who labored relentlessly on the enterprise, and the Native Americans whose lives were destroyed in its wake, this film presents a remarkable story of greed, innovation, and gritty determination. It reveals both why the railroad was built and how it would shape the nation, while shedding light on the politics and culture of mid-nineteenth century America
Member of
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Cataloging source
TEFMT
Characteristic
videorecording
Credits note
Editor, Bruce Shaw ; director of photography, Michael Chin ; original music, Brian Keane ; researchers, Andrew Blossom, Susan Hormuth, Robin O'Sullivan ; map design & animator, William Bourbeau ; consultants, Maxine Chan, Charles Sweet, Norman Wilson
Date time place
Originally broadcast by PBS as an episode of the television series American Experience on January 27, 2003
Dewey number
385./0973
Language note
In English; closed-captioned
LC call number
HE2751
LC item number
.T736736685646835 2006
PerformerNote
Narrator, Michael Murphy; commentators, Phil Roberts, Fred Gamst, Wendell Huffman, Donald Fixico, David Bain, Carol Bowers, Stanley Hirshson, Sue Fawn Chung, Frank Chin; voices, Boyd Gaines, Kathleen McNenny, Ronald Lew Harris
Runtime
120
Target audience
general
Technique
live action
Label
Transcontinental railroad, PBS ; directed by Mark Zwonitzer and Michael Chin ; produced and written by Mark Zwonitzer ; a Hidden Hill Productions film for American Experience ; a production of WGBH Boston, (videorecording)
Instantiates
Publication
Note
Special features: Teacher's guide [PDF files require a DVD-ROM drive and Adobe Acrobat]; PBS.org [text feature]
Color
mixed
Configuration of playback channels
stereophonic
Contents
Introduction -- Mapping the route -- Central Pacific -- Union Pacific and Credit Mobilier -- Chinese laborers -- Civil War veterans -- Conflicts with Plains Indians -- "Hell on wheels" -- Blasting through Donner Summit -- Buying influence and fighting Indians -- Governing new settlements -- Central Pacific advances -- Race to Utah -- East and West meet -- Epilogue -- Credits
Control code
ocm68941093
Dimensions
4 3/4 in.
Dimensions
other
Extent
1 videodisc (ca. 120 min. [i.e. 107 min.])
Isbn
9780793691210
Medium for sound
videodisc
Other control number
841887006224
Other physical details
sd., col. and b&w
Publisher number
AMER6507
Sound on medium or separate
sound on medium
Specific material designation
videodisc
System control number
(OCoLC)68941093
System details
DVD; Region 1, NTSC; stereo; full screen presentation
Video recording format
DVD
Label
Transcontinental railroad, PBS ; directed by Mark Zwonitzer and Michael Chin ; produced and written by Mark Zwonitzer ; a Hidden Hill Productions film for American Experience ; a production of WGBH Boston, (videorecording)
Publication
Note
Special features: Teacher's guide [PDF files require a DVD-ROM drive and Adobe Acrobat]; PBS.org [text feature]
Color
mixed
Configuration of playback channels
stereophonic
Contents
Introduction -- Mapping the route -- Central Pacific -- Union Pacific and Credit Mobilier -- Chinese laborers -- Civil War veterans -- Conflicts with Plains Indians -- "Hell on wheels" -- Blasting through Donner Summit -- Buying influence and fighting Indians -- Governing new settlements -- Central Pacific advances -- Race to Utah -- East and West meet -- Epilogue -- Credits
Control code
ocm68941093
Dimensions
4 3/4 in.
Dimensions
other
Extent
1 videodisc (ca. 120 min. [i.e. 107 min.])
Isbn
9780793691210
Medium for sound
videodisc
Other control number
841887006224
Other physical details
sd., col. and b&w
Publisher number
AMER6507
Sound on medium or separate
sound on medium
Specific material designation
videodisc
System control number
(OCoLC)68941093
System details
DVD; Region 1, NTSC; stereo; full screen presentation
Video recording format
DVD

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