2022 - Blog Vacation!
Good morning! I am taking a week off from the blog! So I will see you next week with a new Top 10 List and a Year in Review!
2022 - Year in Review!
Woah, 2022 has flown by really quickly and now we are approaching 2023 in a few short days. So what did we accomplish with the blog over the past year?
First things first, I blew past 200 hundred posts at the start of the year and hit 300 posts in July. It is awesome to be able to accomplish this and not repeat a single documentary review! I was not even tempted to repeat a single documentary. I also saw an increase in traffic to the blog which was thrilling. I hope that my visitors are finding this a valuable resource to see in selecting documentaries for the classroom. My visitors came from Australia, Belgium, Finland, England, South Africa, France, and all over the United States which is cool to see. Even if Google AdSense does not see the value in my reviews, at least there are teachers and visitors out there who do. I am saving their time from reviewing and selecting documentaries themselves.
So I kicked off the year with documentaries on the Holocaust. There was one documentary: the Secret Diary of the Holocaust which I wanted to do for a while so I thought I might as well do a full month of Holocaust documentaries to help with Holocaust education. It was challenging to find documentaries on the Holocaust on YouTube but I am glad that found what I could.
For February, I knew I wanted to do the Lost Kingdoms of Africa series even though it was not on an official documentary website. I thoroughly enjoyed the narrator for the series so that made me want to share these documentaries. I added some additional African American and African history documentaries to round out the month in February.
Then in honor of the Time Team coming back to YouTube I reviewed Thirty-One episodes of the Time Team for March and October sharing the new episodes of the Time Team as well. I may do other Thirty-One episodes of the Time Team for March or October for 2023 because this is an excellent addition to the teacher’s classroom. The history the team finds is interesting and Tony is a delightful narrator.
In April I went back to my regularly three times a week posting with a variety of documentaries on a variety of topics. Patricia Routledge’s bibliography Beatrix Potter was a delightful surprise that I had to share. I also brought in several reality-based historical TV series to review such as Victorian Bakers, Turn Back Time, and 1900’s House. I was thrilled to finally review the Stich in Time series with Amber Buchart because that is a demonstration of experimental-based history.
Then I found two excellent series: Tony Robinson’s Time Travels and Nations at War which concluded in August and September. At the start of August, I did put together my suggestion lists for the upcoming school year. This will be something I will continue with in the future as well.
November I did World War II and World War I documentaries like I did last year. Instead of doing Christmas documentaries in December I just did fun and frivolous documentaries for a history fun day in the classroom. This will be something I will do next year in December as well.
On top of the blogging, I did some updates to the website. I split off sections in my YouTube drop-down menu and created new sections. History Meets English and History Meets Geography were the new sections for 2022, as well as breaking off the World War II and Holocaust topics will make things easier to find for my visitors. As 2023 starts I will work to bring in new sections to my database. Stay tuned to this blog!
2022 - Top 10 Documentaries
Good morning! Today I will do my Top 10 Documentary List for 2022. This list will feature documentaries that I featured in 2022 only.
This list is my opinion only.
2022 Top 10 Documentaries
1. 100 Years on the Lincoln Highway - YouTube
The Lincoln Highway started in Times Square New York and crossed the country in San Francisco. IT was the first cross-country road in America. The country did not have many roads before the automobiles. Every road was a bike path or a dirt road farmers used to get in and out of town. These roads did not link together and go somewhere. *Highly recommended for an American History classroom and for a substitute teacher to show in the classroom.*
2. Pearl Harbor: The Hunt for the USS Arizona - YouTube
On December 7th, 1941 the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor. This attack caught America off guard. During this attack the USS Arizona torpedoed and sunk, killing 1,100 sailors on board. Seventy-five years later a group put together by the National Parks Service is looking to scan the outside and the inside of wreck of the USS Arizona. This documentary talks about the efforts to document the ship as well as talks with the survivors of the Pearl Harbor attack. *Highly recommended for American History Classes.*
3. The Secret Diary of the Holocaust - YouTube
In 2005, a school notebook was discovered. It was written by a 14-year-old girl named Rutka Laskier. The diary was discovered in the floorboards of her home. She was dubbed the “Polish Anne Frank.” In here she recorded the last few months of her life in the ghetto of Bedzin. She wrote about the atrocities that she saw, the hunger, and the physical hardships she endured. This documentary tells Rutka’s through the eyes of her half-sister, Zahava Scherz. *HIGHLY recommended for a world history class, no matter what age group.*
4. Beatrix Potter - YouTube
You know her as the Bucket Woman from Keeping Up Appearances, however, this woman has quite a few additional acting credits to her name. Dame Patricia Routledge presents a delightful documentary on one of England’s most beloved authors: Beatrix Potter. Dame Patricia is a patron of the Beatrix Potter Society and explores how Potter became a sensation in the Edwardian Period. What was it about Beatrix Potter that made her the author she was? *Highly recommended for an English Literature or General Literature classroom. Highly recommended for biography projects.*
5. Birthplace of the Confessor - YouTube
Islip has a claim to fame. It is said that it was the birthplace of Edward the Confessor. The Time Team needs to find the chapel that was built in his honor as well as the palace where he grew up. The problem is that the town has never been dug before. It will be a tall order for the Time Team and they have three days to solve this mystery. Is Islip the birthplace of Edward the Confessor? *Recommended for an English history class and for independent study students.*
6. The Legendary First Emperor of China - YouTube
Qin Shi Huangdi was the first Emperor of China. He unified the Chinese people. He built an empire that lasted thousands of years. He left behind a legendary tomb. This documentary explores the man and the legend. It will be a challenge to separate fact from fiction but Professor Jeffrey Reigel takes on that challenge. How did Qin create an empire? How could such a person exist? Why is he such a legendary man? *Recommend for high school classrooms. Highly recommend for independent study students or use for clips.*
7. Diva Mummy - YouTube
While ordinary people fought in battles, the aristocrats celebrated and grew wealthy. There was a Han aristocrat named Lady Dai. Lady Dai would not ordinarily make history. However, when her tomb was opened the discovery sent shockwaves through the archeological community. Her mummy was the best-preserved mummy in the world. She was known as the perfect mummy. Her lifelike mummy leaves the Egyptian efforts in the dust. *Recommend for teacher and student research purposes. Highly recommended for a history and science classroom.*
8. Hunting for Mammoth - YouTube
Time Team is a landfill and underneath all the rubbish there is a village where Stone Age Britons lived. There have been remains of Mammoths in the ground. Will the Time Team find the remains of mammoths? What will the remains of the mammoths tell the Time Team about Stone Age Britain? The Time Team is in a gravel pit and will try to find out more about the history of Oxford. *Highly recommended for a geology class. Recommended for a history class.*
9. *Clive Staples Lewis: The Lost Poet Of Narnia - YouTube
AN Wilson narrates the story of C.S. Lewis in Clive Staples Lewis: The Lost Poet of Narnia. He was a teacher and writer. Lewis grew up in Northern Ireland. Wilson wrote a biography about Lewis and now revisits his subject. Although he wrote other prose, Lewis is best known for the Chronicles of Narnia Series. *Highly recommended for an English class as well as history classes. Highly recommended for research purposes for both independent study students, History and English students.*
10. Wreck of the Spanish Armada - YouTube
Tony Robinson tells the story of a teenage boy who discovered a cannon in the water. Since then, the teen has grown up and organized a dig of the ship. Time Team has been brought in to assist with the dig. What was the mystery wreck? Was it part of the Spanish Armada? Will there be enough of the ship remaining for the Time Team to explore? *Recommended for a history class.*
2022 - Top 10 Documentary Series
It is the end of 2022 and today I will present a Top Ten list of documentary series that was featured on the blog. The rules are simple, they had to be featured in the blog or on my database list over the past two years. Both history-based-reality TV and documentaries will be featured in this Top Ten list.
So will my 2022 Top Ten list remain the same as last year? Or will there be a new top documentary series on the list? Follow the rest of this blog to find out!
2022 Top 10 Documentary Series
1. The Last Journey of the Vikings - Episode 1 Episode 2 Episode 3 Episode 4
The Last Journey of the Vikings is a docudrama series about the Viking People. They traveled widely and shaped European politics. What is the truth about the Vikings? In the Eighth Century, the Vikings started appearing along the coasts of Europe. With their fierce warriors, they gained a reputation as Europe’s terrorizers. They targeted monasteries because the monks could not defend themselves. Eventually, the Vikings’ strategy changed. They mixed with the powerful. So why did the Vikings become pirates? How did they spread their influence over Europe? Tune into this documentary to find out.
2. Face of Britain: Episode 1 Episode 2 Episode 3
Neil Oliver explores the genetic doomsday book geneticists in Britain are creating of Britain to determine where the genetic ancestry of the British comes from. Do the British people come from Celts, Vikings, Anglo Saxons, or the Normans? Oliver travels around Britain to talk to the participants of the study. At the end of each episode, they go over the results with the participants of the study.
3. A Stitch in Time with Amber Butchart
Amber Butchart explores the history of fashion and how our perceptions of fashion changed. She looks at six pieces of artwork and has them recreated. She looks at the clothing of King Charles II to the common hedge cutter. What was the true story of Marie Antoinette? What can fashion tell us about history? What can fashion tell us about the people? This is an excellent series featuring experimental history.
4. Lost Kingdoms of South America
Dr. Jago Cooper explores the ancient kingdoms of South America, going beyond the Inca people. He explores Bolivia and Peru to discover these lost kingdoms. The People of the Clouds are a mystery. One civilization left behind a spectacular temple and lasted for 500 years. A third civilization gave birth to the legend of El Dorado the city of gold. The fourth kingdom managed to eek a living out of the desert. Go beyond the Inca people and pick a documentary from this series to share with a history class.
5. Immortal Egypt: Episode 1 Episode 2 Episode 3 Episode 4
Joann Fletcher explores the history of Ancient Egypt over four episodes. She explores the height of Egypt's power, what caused Egypt to decline. She takes us to Egypt's beginnings and weaves a tale of glory followed by despair. She shows off grand monuments and the smallest finds. This is an excellent documentary series to show while students are studying Ancient Egypt.
6. Meet the Romans with Mary Beard - Episode 1 Episode 2 Episode 3
Mary Beard is back and this time she is introducing the world to the Romans. She explores the lives of everyday Romans. Both the living and the dead are explored, from the poorest to the richest. Beard seeks out the ordinary voices. They were determined that they would be remembered. Their tombstones did not just leave behind the birth and dates of the Roman, but their thoughts and feelings. How did ordinary Romans think? Tune into this documentary to find out.
7. Lost Kingdoms of Africa
Gus Casley-Hayford explores lost African Kingdoms. He explores the kingdom of the Zulu, Berbers, West Africa, Great Zimbabwe, Ethiopia, and Nubia. Gus travels around Africa to learn more about these kingdoms. What was so mysterious about Great Zimbabwe? Is Ethiopia where the Ark of the Covenant is located? Where was the kingdom of gold? This is a fantastic series on African Kingdoms.
8. The Women Who Made History
This is another German-produced documentary series about the women who made history. There are episodes on Elizabeth I, Queen Louise, Joan of Arc, Cleopatra, Catherine the Great, and Sophie Scholl. This series explores the stories of these women and why they made history. This series covers different eras so a teacher should find something that will fit with their teaching needs. This Series also has English subtitles.
9. Victorian Bakers - Episode 1 Episode 2 Episode 3
Four modern bakers will be sent back to Victorian Times. They will start in the rural bakeries of the 1840s, to industrial bakeries, and finally the high street bakery. Our four bakers will experience 63 years of history. They will experience the conditions of a Victorian Bakery. The bakers will experience hard work and will try things that have not been baked in over a century. They will learn more about the bakery trade.
10. 1900 Island - Episode 1 Episode 2 Episode 3 Episode 4
Four families are heading back to 1900 and living in a small fishing village for a month. The men will go fishing and the women will take care of the home. The children will be educated in the 1900 schoolhouse. So what hardships will these families face living this lifestyle? What challenges will these families face? Will the families come together to help each other? Will they fall in love with the past?
In the Shadows of Angkor
We are into fun and frivolous documentaries for December and I will continue the exploration of Asia’s Monarchies. Monarchy is good fun and frivolous topic to talk about in December! Today’s documentary will feature the kings of Cambodia.
Cambodia had a royal family, and the monarchy lasted over 1,000 years. Cambodian monarchs are elected by a National Assembly. The splendor of Angkor Wat looms over Cambodia. Both the King and Angkor Wat are the symbol of the nation. The people also depend on the monarchy. King Sihanouk has had an interesting life. He was king, he was prince, he was prime minister, he was a film director and eventually became king again.
Tradition has it that Cambodia was formed by the marriage between an Indian Brahman and a Cambodian Princess. The Brahman drained Cambodia and gave it to her as a wedding present. Cambodians trace their roots to this couple. This enforced the idea that they were descended from gods. The King is the god on earth. They were the fathers of the nation, providing security and prosperity. The devotion to the king the people gave their lives to building Angkor Wat. This devotion continued into the 20th Century.
When Cambodia declared its independence, the king declared himself the father of the nation. However, the King was overthrown in the 1970s, and Cambodia was ruled by a communist dictator. The Khmer Rouge ruled the country with brutality. That shifted when the military took power in the 1980s. Eventually, Cambodia became a constitutional monarchy.
Corruption in the military remained a problem and the prime minister promised to tackle that issue. Cambodia is ranked at the bottom of the corruption index. There is no transparency in the country. The Politicians hope for a better future to put behind the nightmare of the Khmer Rouge.
In 2004, Cambodia’s king abdicated and the prime minister moved to fill the void left behind by the king. Sihaomi, the king’s son became king and shows the connection between the past. Even the flag has Angkor Wat on it. Cambodians have worshiped their kings as gods for thousands of years. The King represented the god and was considered sacred. This was rooted in teachings that were imported from India. The sacred rites that were brought over were the only ones that the King could perform.
In 802 the fusion of Indian and Cambodian cultures came together in one king: Jayavarman II. This king would unite the nation and created the city of Mahendra. It was built on one of the highest points in Cambodia. Every king after him would build bigger and they wanted to honor Javararman. They also wanted to prove they could control nature as well. The monarch in Cambodia would-be authoritarian. The people worked for the king to honor him and the gods. The view was you worked for the nation and you worked for the gods.
This view-built Angkor Wat. It took over 40 years to complete. The temple was a document of the gods and the battles they fought. Buddhism took hold of Cambodia. This shifted the belief that the kings were representatives of Buddha. The first Buddhist king was Javararam VII and he went on a building spree. It was during this time, that Cambodian civilization was at its most majestic. How long would this civilization last? To learn more about his building program continue to watch this documentary.
The start of the documentary was a little bit choppy but then eventually came together when the narrator talked about Angkor Wat. This documentary then turned out to be a fantastic watch and would be an excellent one to show in a history or geography class.
Pride and Prejudice - Having a Ball
This one is a definite fun and frivolous documentary. It is also a history meets reality TV documentary. It is also a History Meets English documentary. Today I will introduce to you Pride and Prejudice: Having a Ball.
Over 200 years ago, Pride and Prejudice was published. It was one of Jane Austen’s most beloved novels. To appreciate and understand the novels in the world Jane Austen lived in, a group will perform an experiment. They will recreate a regency ball. What would have really happened at the ball? This is a way to help understand what Jane Austen was trying to say. This group will recreate the sites and sound of the ball and will reveal the hierarchies involved in the Regency Era.
The setting for the ball is the home of Jane Austen’s brother Edward Austen and for one night a regency ball will be thrown. The participants will eat the food Austen would have enjoyed. Dressed in the way Austen would have dressed and listened to the music from the Austen family music book.
Elizabeth Bennett is a nobody who is wooed by Mr. Darcy a wealthy owner. Their love story takes place at a ball. The experts came together to recreate the regency ball. No detail is too small to look at. This helps fill in the details of what Austen would have experienced in a real regency ball. Jane Austen recreated her world in the novel. She provides a critique on the world around, a world that the modern mind finds challenging to understand.
Pride and Prejudice kick off with the arrival of Bingley. Bingley brought his friend Mr. Darcy and, in their world, they were young men looking for young women who could bear them sons. However, contact with the opposite sex was strictly controlled, except on the floors of the ballroom. Dancing provided the ritual of courtship. The first ball of the book was held in the assembly rooms which would have been a more public event, where anyone could come. The Netherfield ball was a more private thus a more exclusive event. In a public ball, a lady could dance with anyone. The Netherfield ball however was very different because only the higher classes were invited to those balls.
Dancing was central to the ball. The dancers would have been very well trained in dancing, something that would not have crossed the modern mind. A dancing master would have given Elizabeth Bennett and her sisters a few dancing lessons. Dancing was central to the courtship of Elizabeth Bennett and Mr. Darcy. In the novel, Mr. Lucas commented that the pair were well matched because of how well they danced together. If you refused a dance that meant you were not dancing at all that night.
Not only did Austen write about the world of dancing, and she also wrote about the clothing of this world. Clothing dictated people’s social class. In the countryside, the women would have made or altered their own clothes. The cut of your cloth indicated who you were in society. Darcy would have been dressed in more expensive fabrics and his clothing was tailored to his specifications. Clothes were expensive, so they were altered over the years and passed down to a younger family member.
The conditions of a regency ball will be recreated at Edward Austen’s house. Edward Austen was Jane Austen’s brother and he had money. He had a grand house called Chawton House and this house had a ballroom. Mr. Bingley would have had a similar ballroom in his house at Netherfield and he would have lit his room with thousands of candles and mirrors to reflect the light. The ball would have been a place where conspicuous consumption could be displayed. The candles alone would have been expensive, which would have caused Mr. Bennett fits.
What can this recreation tell us about Jane Austen’s world? How can a recreation give us additional insight into Pride and Prejudice? Watch the rest of this episode to find out more about a regency ball and the world of Jane Austen.
This would be a good episode to show in an English literature class to help students understand Jane Austen and Pride and Prejudice.
Time Walks - Freemantle
Let's continue with a Fun and Frivolous December with Time Walks! Tony Robinson has another series Time Walks. He walks and explores the history of a particular area. This is different from Time Travels and its search for hidden history. This series happened over two series and explores the cities of Australia and New Zealand. Tony brings his storytelling style to this series. The series kicks off with Freemantle and ends with Alice Springs. What will Tony Robinson learn about Australia?
Tony highlights the isolation of Australia. Why would you put a colony in Australia? You could not grow anything there. The limestone crumbles easily. It was only when the British Empire decided to dump convicts in Australia, there was enough labor to turn Australia into a country. Tony starts his travel in Freemantle, Australia.
He kicks off his walk in the roundhouse. It was the oldest building in Australia. It was a prison at one time. It was built in the round to help the prison guards watch their charges. Even though it is no longer a prison, there is a particular time-keeping method still kept. An important person would shoot a cannon and one o’clock, a ball would drop, and the ships in the harbor would set their chronometers. Tony is invited to shoot the cannon. The cannon is loud.
Tony then continues onto fishing boat harbor. Freemantle was a rough place and then America’s Cup came into town. Tony explores this with a tourist promoter. This brought a higher class of people and it became the center of the Yachting world. Freemantle’s residents rose against the developers to prevent them from tearing down their history. The residents won. He then heads on to the Maritime Museum for murder and mayhem.
He tells the story of Batavia. The Batavia was looking for spices but it was grounded. Tony tells Batavia’s stories with the tourists in the museum. The Batavia was hijacked and sailed away. One hundred and twenty-five people were murdered. The ringleader was executed. This was a delightful section in Tony’s Time walk.
In the 1880s gold was discovered again in Australia. People started flooding into Freemantle to find gold. Gold flooded into the economy and new buildings were built. Freemantle was the only city with a city square, only it is not in the center of the city. Toney then makes it to the wharf. The dockworkers were treated badly and there was a strike. In 1919, an event called Bloody Sunday happened. The dockworkers and the scabs, people were killed during this event.
Tony makes his way to one last prison. This newer prison had 125 cells. This prison held a special prisoner. This prisoner drew the artwork on his cell. This prison was also the site of a great escape. It is 1972 and a man pranked the prison to make his escape. This escape involved the prison radio and a man who was good at electronic repairs. The guards asked this man to repair the electronics in the prison hospital. He did more than that and was able to make calls outside the prison. The man escapes and goes into a getaway car. The men were caught again three months later.
Tony concludes his walk with Freemantle is not another suburb of Perth. It is a city that continually reinvents itself.
Time Walks is a short show with a run time of about twenty-six minutes. This would be a good series to show for a geography class or independent study geography students. If you are a geography teacher and have a substitute teacher in the classroom then you can go ahead and show this series.
Kingdom of Bhutan
Good morning, for December we will continue with some fun and frivolous documentaries will look at a royal documentary about the Kingdom of Bhutan. This could be a potential documentary to show in a geography class.
In Asia’s Monarchies: Bhutan, is the land of the thunder dragon. It is the symbol of Bhutan and is a Buddhist monarchy. Both the past and future come together. The King had given up absolute power and gave the people democracy. Each king had a crisis that they navigated carefully. Bhutan is ruled by the Wangchuck dynasty. It is an isolated kingdom known as the last Shangri-la.
The first king united Bhutan and the second king established the dynasty. The Wangchuck dynasty carefully negotiated politics and the lessons were learned from father to son. Michael Rutland was the former tutor of the Crown Prince. He was treated like an ordinary student. Part of the future king’s upbringing included learning lessons about monarchy from his father. The Crown Prince would stay with his father, the King, and was not isolated from his father. This means that the future kings were taught Kingship from a previous king.
The Fourth King made a momentous decision: he gave up absolute power. The people were shocked at the change and voted to remain an absolute monarchy. The feeling of the people is that the politicians cannot replace a king. They love their king and consider him the second buddha.
Buddhism is seen throughout Bhutan. It is difficult to separate Buddhism from Bhutan. An eclipse brings religion and superstition together. Rituals are performed to stop the moon from eating the sun and prayers are said for the royal family. Shrines are common in the homes of the Bhutanese. Wangchuck’s used religion to unite the people of the country. This link is a key to understanding the history of the Bhutanese royal family.
However, these were not the only rulers who ruled in Bhutan. Bhutan was home to priest-kings and monks. Buddhism was introduced to Bhutan through exiles of India, Tibet, and China. Buddhism is the most dominant religion in the country. A monk fled to Bhutan and became a political leader. He established fortified monasteries at strategic points. The monk believed that he could rule forever and would be reincarnated into the next king. However, the problem was finding the reincarnated leader. This could potentially lead to civil war in Bhutan.
Eventually, one of the lords’ monasteries-forts grew in wealth and power. It was though this lord the Wangchuk’s arose. It was an outside empire that finally turned its attention to Bhutan. The British wanted to end Russian dominance in the north and turned to Bhutan for help. Wangchuk acted as a guide for the British. He was knighted and then selected the first King of Bhutan in 1907. The new king was a political genius and united the crown with Buddhism. He adopted the raven as the symbol of his monarchy. It united the spiritual lineage of the monks with the political power of the king.
Wangchuk dedicated the rest of his life to uniting Bhutan and the second king finished the job. The second king started to win the hearts and minds of his subjects. He built new palaces and would travel to them to keep in touch with his people. However, there were challenges to the throne by other claims to the throne. They challenged the right of the Wangchuks’ to rule. The challenge was dealt with and the Wangchuk continued to rule.
If you would like to know more about Bhutan continue to watch this documentary. This would be a good documentary to show in both a history and geography class.
On December 7th, 1941 the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor. This attack caught America off guard. During this attack the USS Arizona torpedoed and sunk, killing 1,100 sailors on board. Seventy-five years later a group put together by the National Parks Service is looking to scan the outside and the inside of wreck of the USS Arizona. This documentary talks about the efforts to document the ship as well as talks with the survivors of the Pearl Harbor attack.
It is December 7th, 1941, and Pearl Harbor is under attack. This was an assault nobody saw coming. Everyone was shocked to see that the Japanese were attacking Pearl Harbor. It shocked the men on the ground. Earlier in the day, the Ward had depth-charged a Japanese submarine. Then there were warnings of planes coming in from the north. The sailors thought these planes were coming from the United States. The Japanese also learned that the aircraft carriers were not in Pearl Harbor. They decided to carry on the attack anyway. The Japanese retreated back to the aircraft carriers feeling their attack was a success.
Seventy-five years later, divers and researchers look to map the interiors of the USS Arizona. Before the exploration, little is known about the interiors of the USS Arizona. It is considered a war grave. The wreck is scanned externally. A team works to put together an ROV named the 11th Hour to explore inside the ship. The National Parks service works with a team of divers to explore the internal corridors of the USS Arizona.
The world is at war during 1941. Adolph Hitler has torn Europe apart. While Japan is invading Southeast Asia for materials. It looked as though the Axis powers are going to win. The Americans did not want to get involved in another war. The plumb assignment for the soldier or sailor was Pearl Harbor. Life was good for the soldier or sailor in Hawaii. At least until the summer of 1941, when Japanese invaded Indochina. President Roosevelt ordered an oil embargo against Japan to stop Japanese expansion. This made Japan even more aggressive. The Japanese saw the fleet in Pearl Harbor as a threat to their expansion and decided to attack.
Even though the Navy did not believe that the Japanese would attack Pearl Harbor they still ran air drills and had the ships practice shooting. For the sailors it did not make any sense, but they dutifully practiced. Then the attack on December 7th, 1941 happened and changed this ideal world for the sailors and soldiers.
A group of explorers looks to bring the USS Arizona back to life. These explorers will look through the ship to try to understand what life was like aboard the ship. The USS Arizona was the pride of the Naval Fleet. It was sunk during the attack on Pearl Harbor. The first initial external scans are produced and a survivor from the USS Arizona takes a look at these first scans. These scans show a badly damaged ship that was torn apart during the attack.
What will the expedition find? What will the expedition learn about the USS Arizona? How does the survivor react to seeing his ship for the first time in seventy-five years? Continue to watch this documentary to find out.
This is a good documentary to show to a history class. The survivors tell their stories about Pearl Harbor as well as the attackers tell their stories. The exploration in the USS Arizona was neat to see. It did start out slow with the lead up to Pearl Harbor but slowly it gradually built up to both the survivors’ tales and the scanning and the exploration of the wreck.
Time Travels - History's Battlers
Good morning to continue with a Fun and Frivolous December, we will continue with Tony Robinson’s Time Travels in History’s Battlers. Tony looks at History’s underdogs and looks back to his family history. These are people who never gave up. Tomorrow in honor of December 7th, I will do a documentary on Pearl Harbor and then I will go back to fun and frivolous for December.
Tony’s first-time travel takes us to Tasmania and a hunting ground for the aboriginal people, where he eats a cooked grub. He ends up spitting the grub out, but the aftertaste is like a hazelnut. Tasmania was known as Devil’s Land. In the early 1800s, Tasmania was the end of the world. The Aboriginal People of Tasmania were massacred, and their children were enslaved. There were 500 Aboriginal people in Tasmania and their population went down. War was declared on the people, and they fought back hard. Finally, the Tasmania Aboriginals were nearly wiped out. The present-day Tasmania Aboriginals can trace their descent from twelve women.
Next, Tony goes forward 150 years and to some locals who wanted to save their homes. In the early 1970s, Sydney was in a building boom. The old houses were torn down and high rises were put up in their place. A street fight erupted over the fight over building terraces. They wanted to preserve and protect the old buildings and have an option for affordable housing. The builders emerged victorious against the developers and managed to save the old homes. This group saved many historic buildings throughout Sydney including the largest timber wharf.
Tony then goes back to the 1820s and learns more about the nation’s first-ever industrial action and the people who fought for this industrial action are not who you think. He explores New South Wales, and this place was home to a female factory. It was built to house the thousands of women who were sent to Australia in chains. The female factory was divided into three places a meeting room for where men would select wives, a hospital wing, and a dormitory wing. The beautiful architecture was to inspire orderliness. However, the women were treated horribly, and this women’s factory was the home of a riot.
In 1827 the women’s food rations were cut down further. A riot or a “workers action” was started. The woman did not like the punishments, work conditions, or the yoking. The women threw the work matron out and broke out of the prison. They ran and gathered as much food as they could. Eventually, a majority of the women came back and when the prison wardens wanted to round up the ring leaders the women refused.
Tony concludes this series with travel back to the 19th Century and a visit with his ancestors. He goes to London to learn more about his family’s history. London was growing and they could not handle the increase in population. Life was grim in London and Tony’s family faced extreme poverty. The Robinsons ended up in the workhouse where conditions were worse than what they faced on the outside. Tony’s great-grandfather and great-grandmother both died in the workhouse. Businesses were booming in London; however, the pay was low, and too many workers to choose from. Eaton College stepped in to help the poor children get an education to help them get out of poverty. Clubs were established. Reforms and improvements in working conditions helped improve life. Tony’s family moved up in the world and now Tony and his children do not have to struggle to survive anymore.
Tony’s story about his family was touching and the Women’s Prison Riot was fascinating, and that section would be the one section I would show in a history class.
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The reviews are my opinions and should be treated as such. I just want to provide a tool for teachers to select documentaries for their classrooms.