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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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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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00:17
Iroquois: Indians of the Northeast

Long Knives

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George Rogers Clark was only 26 when he led a daring raid during the Revolutionary War to capture British forts and neutralize their efforts on the frontier west of the Alleghenies. His victories helped bring Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, and other Midwest states into the U.S. after the war.

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00:26
Long Knives

Egyptians: Conflicting Visions of Immortality

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The Egyptian pharaohs tried to create immortality for their god-king legacy. They attempted it with mummification and huge tombs, but most were destroyed by grave robbers and the passage of time. Still, many images and mummies remain, but one pharaoh's legacy, Akhenaton's, was deliberately obliterated by polytheistic priests because his monotheism threatened their power.

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00:15
Egyptians: Conflicting Visions of Immortality

Greeks: Olympic Mind-Body Legacy

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Like the Phoenicians, the Greeks were a collection of city states during their great Hellenic period. And even though they often made war on each other, every four years, during the Olympic Games, they sublimated their violence into a fusion of mind and body worship dedicated to their chief god, Zeus. This great ideal of the Greeks has been more long lasting throughout history than any other.

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Greeks: Olympic Mind-Body Legacy

Incas: Oppression Self-Destroys An Empire

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Like the Romans, the Incas conquered a large number of cultures, binding them together with a network of roads. The Incas also showed remarkable engineering skills in buildings and terraced farming fields, as at Machu Picchu. But the Inca impatience for power is revealed in their ruthless oppression of the defeated peoples.

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00:15
Incas: Oppression Self-Destroys An Empire

Khmers: Creating Heaven on Earth

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The Khmer Empire, now modern Cambodia, was largely unknown until the nineteenth-century discovery of the ruins of Angkor Wat, an astonishing temple complex. Long abandoned, its huge and beautiful symmetry reveals it as an attempt to create a Hindu concept of Heaven, here on earth. Yet it also reveals a society where peasants and artisans supported an absolute ruler.

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00:15
Khmers: Creating Heaven on Earth

Mayans: Deception By Temple Rituals

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The Mayan Empire was supported by sophisticated mathematical and astronomical knowledge. These ideas were integrated with their religious sacrificial practices, as in their life-or-death ball games.

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Mayans: Deception By Temple Rituals

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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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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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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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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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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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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00:28
Taming the American West

Industrializing America (2008)

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A new era of mass production arose in the United States because of technological innovations, a favorable patent system, new forms of factory organization, an abundant supply of natural resources, and foreign investment.

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00:28
Industrializing America

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