American Liberty Minus the Slime and Ghostbusters

Fact: There's a way to appreciate video incarnations of the Statue of Liberty that doesn't require Dr. Peter Venkman to spray it down with ectoplasmic gunk.

That's not to say you can't appreciate it via Ghostbusters II, but just that maybe, once in a while, you turn off your homemade proton pack and your TV, and find a new way to appreciate American symbolism. Or you can leave the TV on and just pop in America: The Story of Us. The anomalous national identity of the United States has a special place in history (or so we tell ourselves), but this History Channel special examines the people of all walks of life, race, religion, and creed who have come together to make America one of the most diverse places in the world. In honor of its recent re-release, JustPressPlay is giving away a copy the Collector's Edition on DVD to anyone out there curious about the American national identity.

Making history itself as the most watched premiere in network history – seen by nearly 6 million viewers – America: The Story of Us tells the extraordinary story of how America was invented, looking at the moments where Americans harnessed technology to advance human progress -- from the rigors of linking the continent by transcontinental railroad, the internet of its day, to triumphing over vertical space through construction of steel structured buildings to putting a man on the moon. This is history with roots in the physical world: wilderness, animals, weather, and the sea, and it’s brought to amazing life firsthand through patriots, frontiersmen, slaves, abolitionists, Native Americans, pioneers, immigrants, entrepreneurs and inventors.  The series is also a story of conflict – Native American wars, slavery, the revolutionary war that birthed the nation, the civil war that divided it and the great world wars that shaped its future and an intensive look at the forces that have shaped our nation - the people, places and things that created this most astounding country.

america_story_us_collectors_dvdFor a chance to win, you just have to do two things...

1) Follow JustPressPlay on Twitter

2) Tweet the following message - you can do it once a day, each tweet counts as another entry to win

@JustPressPlay I want to win America: The Story of Us - Collector's Edition on DVD. #contest 

The contest ends November 22nd, 2011.

Lex Walker • Editor

He's a TV junkie with a penchant for watching the same movie six times in one sitting. If you really want to understand him you need to have grown up on Sgt. Bilko, Alien, Jurassic Park and Five Easy Pieces playing in an infinite loop. Recommend something to him - he'll watch it.


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