The History Channel’s ambitious 12-hour series, “America the Story of Us” naturally raises some eyebrows. A tale of the new world, the trailer presents fascinating snippets from some of the most transformative moments in American history. The film relies on insight from artists, business leaders, academics and intellectuals. The so-called epic promises to be “the first television event in nearly 40 years to present a comprehensive telling of America’s history.” Needless to say, we’ll be front and center sporting a critical thinking fedora, as there has hardly ever been a “telling of America’s history” that didn’t leave someone’s glass half full. Wonder whose story will wind up slighted here?
The series certainly offers its share of celebrity voices, capturing thoughts from Meryl Streep, Michael Douglas, Colin Powell, Donald Trump, Melissa Etheridge, John Legend and others. Hopefully we’re obliged with a weigh-in from at least one woman of color in what is supposedly “a grand cinematic vision of how this country was built.”
“America the Story of Us” premieres Sunday, April 25th. Are you tuning in?
Check out the trailer below