Anyhoo, this special is AWESOME. It traces the history of Chicago from being a deserted marsh off of Lake Michigan to present, and honestly I wasn't all that fond of Chicago until I saw the special. I had to own this FOUR DVD set, because wouldn't the kids be so excited to learn about our closest large city? And then we could visit it together and talk about what we learned while doing the architectural tour and playing chess and doing a wine flight at a five-star restaurant!!
"Once a swampy, remote outpost of fur traders and Native Americans, Chicago rose to become the CITY OF THE CENTURY. The film chronicles its transformation into the quintessential 19th-century metropolis, amid political struggles, labor unrest, and racial conflicts. Tour the city from every angle, from distinctive architecture and dramatic skyline to conversations with eminent and ordinary Chicagoans, in this rich saga of the Windy City."Kids LOVE this shit, am I right? I swear this was a recent plot of Wizards of Waverly Place. My family groaned every time I brought up my Chicago DVD, but one night, I forced them into it. "If you just start watching it, you'll love it, I swear!" I guess seven years is a long time, because my rose-tinted plotline of the first DVD didn't include these sections:
- White people forcing the Native Americans out, and then being scalped in return.
- Raging typhoid running through the streams.
- Irish immigrant children playing with maggots in the street.
- The Chicago River running red with the blood from the packing houses.
- Horses getting caught in the muddy streets up to their chests, then shot.
- Pigs' heads floating in the river from said packing houses.
- The thousands of people burned to death in the Chicago Fire, and the river being on fire because it was so putrid.
"Thanks a lot, Mom, now Chicago City of the Century has made me hate bacon."
And it has. A little girl who could eat 8 pieces of bacon at breakfast if left unwatched will no longer eat meat. It's been about three weeks since the DVD, and if I pull up at a McDonalds and ask her what she wants, she will honestly still say, "Thanks to Chicago City of the Century, I'll have fries and a smoothie."
What started as a lesson in the rich history of our country turned into a bacon-hating bloodbath. Now, when my children don't become scholars, I am going to blame PBS. And Chicago. City of the Century, indeed.