Social Studies

Historic Mining in Tonopah | Outdoor Nevada

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In this episode host John Burke reveals an old mining site in Tonopah and spends the night at the mysterious Mizpah Hotel.

Lesson 8: J. Sterling Morton

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Today, J. Sterling Morton is best known as the co-founder of Arbor Day. Living in Nebraska City, Morton carefully watched the growth of the Nebraska Territory through all its ups and downs. He did not believe Nebraska was a Great American Desert, but quite the opposite. He believed in Nebraska's agriculture, and the honorable work of farmers. It was estimated that more than one million trees were planted in Nebraska on the first Arbor Day.

Rockefeller and Campaign Financing

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Rockefeller and Campaign Financing: Explore the methods candidates use to raise funds for election campaigns.

Rockefeller's Background Information and the Toyota Deal

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Explore how Jay Rockefeller's background enabled him to establish a working relationship with Toyota Manufacturing which had a positive impact on West Virginia's economy.

Rockefeller's Run for Office in West Virginia

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Examine the reasons behind Jay Rockefeller's run for offices in West Virginia and the strategies used in his campaigns.

Buffalo Soldiers Fight Fires and Stereotypes

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Discover how a group of African American soldiers helped change attitudes about race as a result of their heroic peacetime service fighting a 1910 wildfire, in this video adapted from AMERICAN EXPERIENCE: The Big Burn. After a violent electrical storm ignited nearly 1,000 fires across the drought-stricken Northern Rockies in 1910, the federal government sent troops to fight them, including men from the 25th Infantry, known as the Buffalo Soldiers, the first division of African Americans to serve as professional peacetime soldiers. Despite their inexperience fighting fires, and in the face of local racist sentiment, these African Americans evacuated and later saved the town of Avery, halting the advance of a fire that threatened to destroy it and winning over the local population. This resource is part of the American Experience collection.

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Film Clip 1 | The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution

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Weaving together a treasure trove of rare footage with the voices of a diverse group of people who were there, Stanley Nelson tells the vibrant story of a pivotal movement as urgent today as it was then. 

 

9/11 Memorial Honors Lives Lost Aboard Flight 93

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See how the victims of Flight 93 will be remembered from now on with this video and educational resources from PBS NewsHour from September 10, 2015.

Supreme Court | In Their Own Words: Muhammad Ali

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Trace the history of Muhammad Ali’s draft evasion appeal with the Supreme Court in this excerpt from In Their Own Words: Muhammad Ali. The NAACP sues the New York State Athletic Commission, arguing that the ban on Ali is discriminatory. Ali loses a fight in New York to Joe Frazier, but he wins a victory in the Supreme Court, which overturns his conviction for draft evasion.

Transformation | In Their Own Words: Muhammad Ali

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Relive Muhammad Ali’s reemergence on the world stage to light the torch at the 1996 Summer Olympics in this excerpt from In Their Own Words: Muhammad Ali. Sportswriter Dave Kindred marvels at “the transformation of Ali from the most hated man in America to this beatified Ali of today.” Sportswriter Jerry Izenberg says, “He was no saint. He was no devil. He was Muhammad Ali, and nobody else ever was or ever could be.”

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