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China: A Global Economic Power (2008)

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China is a global economic power.

Chapter 1: Hong Kong, Economic Catalyst 2 min.
Hong Kong is a key international center of commerce and finance. As a former colony of Great Britain until the offshore island was returned to Communist China in 1997, it is a linchpin for the booming economic growth within China and between China and the rest of the world.

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Middle
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00:13
China: A Global Economic Power

At the Farm (2006)

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This series features Emily, a dynamic, six year old host, who leads children and adults alike through a new era of discovery utilizing her unique perspective. Using this natural, unscripted format, Emily investigates the world through her own candid comments and questions engaging everyone she meets. The result is an extraordinary show that entertains and teaches.

Grade Level: 
Primary
Length: 
00:30
At the Farm

Mapping Initial Encounters (2007)

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Columbus’s arrival launched an era of initial encounters between Europeans, Native Americans, and Africans that continued for nearly 300 years. This video examines how these contacts began the phenomenon now known as the Columbian Exchange, profoundly altering the way of life of peoples around the globe.

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00:28
Mapping Initial Encounters

Colonial Designs (2007)

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As encounter changed to settlement, relations between Native Americans and European colonial powers became more complex. This unit charts the changing interactions between competing European powers and Native Americans, and the increasing reliance on the race-based enslavement of Africans.

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High
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00:28
Colonial Designs

Revolutionary Perspectives (2007)

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In the eighteenth century, Enlightenment-based ideas of freedom and equality swept through the British colonies.

Grade Level: 
High
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00:28
Revolutionary Perspectives

The New Nation (2007)

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Following the War of Independence, Americans disagreed—often passionately—about the form and function of the federal government. This unit explores how those conflicts played out as the new Republic defined its identity in relation to other nations.

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High
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00:28
The New Nation

Contested Territories (2007)

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The United States acquired vast territories between the time of the Revolution and the Civil War, paying a price economically, socially, and politically.

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High
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00:28
Contested Territories

Addicted to Plastic (2007)

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Reveals the history and worldwide scope of plastics pollution, investigates its toxicity and explores solutions. From styrofoam cups to artificial organs, plastics are perhaps the most ubiquitous and versatile material ever invented. No invention in the past 100 years has had more influence and presence than synthetics. But such progress has had a cost.

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High
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01:25
Addicted to Plastic

Split Estate (2009)

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Documents the devastating effect that fracking for natural gas and oil is having on the health of families and the environment in the Rocky Mountain West.

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High
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01:16
Split Estate

Egalitarian America (2008)

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From the 1940s to the 1970s, the African American civil rights movement galvanized other communities of color to end discrimination.

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High
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00:28
Egalitarian America

Global America (2008)

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From the 1970s to the present, conservatism, globalization, and an emphasis on individual rights and non-discrimination have changed the United States.

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00:28
Global America

Antebellum Reform (2007)

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As a response to increasing social ills, the nineteenth century generated reform movements: temperance, abolition, school and prison reform, as well as others.

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High
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00:28
Antebellum Reform

A Nation Divided (2007)

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Although the Civil War is viewed today through the lens of the Union’s ultimate victory, for much of the war that victory was far from certain.

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High
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00:28
A Nation Divided

Reconstructing a Nation (2007)

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Emancipation was only the beginning of a long road to freedom for those released from slavery. Following the Civil War, an immense economic and political effort was undertaken, focused on reunifying the divided nation.

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High
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00:28
Reconstructing a Nation

Taming the American West (2008)

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After Reconstruction, America experienced an "era of incorporation" with mass social movements, tremendous economic change, and national consolidation.

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High
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00:28
Taming the American West

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