American Symbols of Freedom

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In this program students will come to understand some of the rights and responsibilities we have as American citizens and the importance of participating in our democracy. Entertaining and engaging, this video combines live-action, high-definition footage, fun-animation and colorful graphics to tell the fascinating stories of America’s icons of liberty. The program explores the history and development of seven American icons of liberty recognized around the world. Students will have a better understanding of the stories, and meaning of our country’s most valued symbols that represent her ideas, independence and freedom.

Students will learn about how the American flag came to be. The video discusses the American Revolution and how the founding fathers came to decide upon the design of the American flag, it’s colors and what those colors represented. The video examines how the flag has changed throughout the years.

In this program students will learn about the Pledge of Allegiance, what it means and the history behind the pledge. The video also explores the various elements that make up the Great Seal of the United States. In addition, the video examines the origins of the character known as Uncle Sam.

Students will learn the history of the “Star Spangled Banner” and how the simple poem developed and grew into America’s national anthem. Through archival photographs combined with video, the fascinating story of the Statue of Liberty will come alive for students. In addition, students will come to understand the importance of Independence Hall in Philadelphia and it’s role in the establishment of our country.

On September 11, 2001 America was attacked and the Twin Towers in New York City were destroyed. On that site was built a new symbol of American freedom called the Freedom Tower. The program examines the various symbols that were used in the design of the building that now represents American liberty.

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