Ken Burns’ American Lives

If you're familiar with Ken Burns' previous documentaries such as his Jazz series or his Baseball perspective you are surely aware of the quality that goes into each and every documentary Burns chronicles. This multi DVD box set describes seven of the most influential figures in American history.

Below you will find an in depth run-down of what you will find on these very enlightening DVDs.

Chapter by chapter account of each DVD disk:

Disc #1 — Thomas Jefferson
1. Introduction
2. Life
3. Liberty: Our Sacred Honor
4. The Head and the Heart

1. Introduction
2. Liberty: The Age of Experiments
3. The Pursuit of Happiness

Disc #2 — Lewis and Clark: The Journey of the Corps of Discovery, Disc 1
1. Introduction
2. The Grandfather Spirit
3. The Garden of Eden
4. Our Friends
5. The Real Unknown
6. The Portage
7. The Northwest Passage

Disc #3 — Lewis and Clark: The Journey of the Corps of Discovery, Disc 2
1. Introduction
2. The Most Terrible Mountains
3. Watkuweis
4. O! the Joy
5. Rainy and Wet
6. Done for Posterity

Disc #4 — Frank Lloyd Wright
1. Introduction
2. Truth Against the World
3. Order Out of Chaos
4. Power Applied to Purpose
5. A Temple to Man
6. Mamah
7. Shining Brow
8. Lord of My Waking Dreams

1. Introduction
2. Prt II
3. The Fellowship
4. Hosanna! a Client!
5. Just Build Me an Office Building
6. I Can't Get Them Out Fast Enough
7. I am Immortal

Disc #5 — Not for Ourselves Alone
1. Introduction
2. I Wish You Were a Boy
3. A Drudge or a Doll
4. A New Revelation
5. A Reformer
6. Mental Hunger
7. Seneca Falls, NY (July 19-20, 1848)
8. A Caged Lion
9. Women's Souls
10. Man's Sense of Justice
11. The Negro's Hour

1. Introduction
2. Done It!!
3. Spreading the Word
4. Making History
5. Wedded to an Idea
6. The Solitude of Self
7. An Awful Hush
8. A Little Bit of Justice
9. Winter Wheat

Disc #6, Side A — Mark Twain, Disc 1
1. Introduction
2. Safe Water
3. Roughing It
4. Innocents Abroad
5. The Best Girl in All the World
6. The Gilded Age
7. Old Voices
8. All Right Then, I'll go to Hell

Disc #6, Side B — Mark Twain, Disc 2
1. Introduction
2. A Connecticut Yankee
3. Exile [
4. Following the Equator
5. First God Made Idiots
6. The Mysterious Stranger
7. The American

1. Twain the Man
2. Twain the Writer
3. Huck Finn
4. Older Twain

Disc #7 — Horatio's Drive
1. Introduction
2. Yours Till Death
3. The Wonder
4. Bud
5. A Mighty Lucky Fellow
6. History in the Making [
7. Watch Me Now
8. The Distant Brought Near

1. Romance of the Road
2. The First Road Trip
3. Horatio Nelson Jackson

Disc #8 — Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson, Disc 1
1. Introduction
2. Rise
3. The Emperor of Masculinity
4. The Forbidden District
5. The Golden Smile
6. A Hard Man to Handle
7. White Hopes
8. Independence Day
9. A Word to a Black Man

1. From Johnson's Early Life & Career
2. On Johnson's Boxing Style & Talent
3. On Segregation & the Color Line
4. On W.E.B. Dubois & the Niagara Movement, 1905
5. Cut From Johnson Vs. Burns, 1908
6. Alternate Ending for Johnson Vs. Ketchel, 1909
7. Cut From the Prelude to the Johnson Vs. Jeffries Fight, 1910
8. Cut From the Aftermath of the Johnson Vs. Jeffries Fight
9. Scenes Cut From Episode II

Disc #9 — Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson, Disc 2
1. Introduction
2. Fall
3. Smooth Goods
4. I am not a Slave
5. Everybody Skips
6. Hotter Than Hell
7. The Greatest
8. Ghost in the House

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