Social Studies

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Values in Revolutionary America

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The importance of family, social class, religion, and self-government in the American colonies created a unique set of values. This informative program uses historical vignettes to deptict those values on the eve of the Revolution.

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Elementary
Middle
High
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00:19
Values in Revolutionary America

Iroquois: Indians of the Northeast

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Five warring Native American tribes, also known as the "Five Nations", the Mohawk, the Oneida, the Onondaga, the Cayuga, and the Seneca, negotiated the Great Law of Peace or the League of the Iroquois, which influenced American political thinkers. Nonetheless, the American Revolution split the confederation, pitting old friends against each other and signaling the decline of their power.

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Elementary
Middle
High
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00:17
Iroquois: Indians of the Northeast

The Star-Spangled Banner

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This is the story of the American victory during the war of 1812, set to the song created by Francis Scott Key. Detailed illustrations accompany the words of our national anthem.

Grade Level: 
Primary
Elementary
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00:12
The Star-Spangled Banner

Snowflake Bentley

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This Caldecott Medal winning book poetically reveals the life of the photographer and farmer, Wilson Bentley.  From the time he was a small boy, Willie was fascinated by snowflakes.

Grade Level: 
Primary
Elementary
Length: 
00:20
Snowflake Bentley

New York in the American Revolution

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Uniquely presented here is the New York experience of the American Revolution. New York was the site of several important battles and many New Yorkers were major contributors in the war effort. Budding historians learn about the early stirrings of dissatisfaction with British rule, and how this conflict escalated into the development of a new country. This volume contains political cartoons, paintings, and other primary source documents.

New York in the American Revolution

The Colony of New York

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New York was one of the thirteen original British colonies. During those early days, New York began to establish itself as a land of valuable resources and innovative, free-thinking individuals. This book chronicles the history of early New York, how it became a British colony, and what life was like in colonial New York. The facts are richly supplemented with detailed maps and primary source documents from the era.

The Colony of New York

New York's Economic Growth

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With the onset of the Industrial Revolution, New York State truly came into its own as a center for industry and economy. Businessmen like Jay Gould of the railroad industry and oil tycoon JD Rockefeller helped make New York prosperous, while many local inventors, engineers, and architects helped create new and valuable ideas. From the beauty and strength of the Brooklyn Bridge to the innovations of Corning Glass Works, New York's past and present are ripe with fascinating tales of economic growth and innovation.

New York's Economic Growth

New York's Erie Canal

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The Erie Canal played a pivotal role in the economic, geographic, and political growth of New York State. This interactive eBook combines videos, activities, interactive timelines, primary sources, and teaching tools to provide students with a hands-on look at how the canal was built, the impact it had on commerce, and how people use it today.

New York's Erie Canal

Leaders in Colonial New York

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New York would not be the state it is today without the many strong leaders of its past. This fascinating resource examines some of the most influential men and women in New York's early history, including Peter Minuit, Sybil Ludington, Peter Stuyvesant, Red Jacket, and George Clinton. Entertaining biographical information is woven into the narrative of New York history and is presented along with primary source documents and paintings supporting the contributions of these early luminaries.

Leaders in Colonial New York

New York's Land and Natural Resources

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New York is a beautiful state rich in valuable natural resources that help make it a perfect location for a variety of industries and businesses. Readers will examine how the environment and resources of New York have shaped its history and industry. This engaging volume contains maps, primary sources, and photographs from New York State's fascinating backstory of development and expansion.

New York's Land and Natural Resources

The People and Cultures of New York

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The diverse peoples and cultures who call New York home are a huge part of what makes the state so unique. This book delves into the history of immigration in New York and the different cultures that have helped shape New York into the state it is today. Thoughtful text is supplemented by primary source documents and photographs that show New York in the past and as it is today.

The People and Cultures of New York

The First Peoples of New York

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Traveling back to the time before European explorers colonized New York, many Native American tribes roamed the forests and rivers of this resource-rich land. Tribes within the Iroquois League and Algonquian-speaking groups each had their own cultures and ways of living off the land—and each had their own inventive ways of using New York's abundant resources to survive and thrive. This book examines the earliest occupants of what is now New York State and how the arrival of European explorers greatly changed their way of life.

The First Peoples of New York

The Dutch Colony of New Netherland

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New York's history and culture is greatly influenced by its complex past, which includes the many years that the area was a Dutch colony known as New Netherland. This thought-provoking book provides a detailed history of the important people and events involved in shaping New York while it was under Dutch control. The book features beautiful paintings by Dutch artists as well as maps, primary sources, and biographical information about New Netherland's earliest leaders.

The Dutch Colony of New Netherland

New York's European Explorers

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Before New York was a state full of prosperous cities connected by roads, canals, and trains, it was an uncharted land untouched by explorers. This exciting volume delves into the journeys of the first intrepid travelers who sailed across the ocean to settle and develop the Empire State. Featured explorers include Henry Hudson, Jacques Cartier, Samuel de Champlain, and Giovanni da Verrazano. Also included are valuable primary source documents and maps from this exciting period of New York's history.

New York's European Explorers

The Government of New York

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New York has a complex three-branch system of government that is executed by a group of democratically elected leaders. This fact-filled volume examines the history of this government structure from its earliest roots in the Iroquois constitution to an explanation of the separation of powers. The book is richly formatted with full-color photographs as well as primary source documents that help bring the evolution of New York's government into the spotlight.

The Government of New York

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