Social Studies

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The Decline of Liberalism (2005)

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Liberal policies brought great change in America from FDR's New Deal to LBJ's Great Society. This lesson examines why liberalism came under attack from all sides in the late 1960s and early 1970s and how the Watergate Affair, coming on the heels of the Vietnam War, confirmed public mistrust of politicians and government.

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00:30
The Decline of Liberalism

Conservative Resurgence (2005)

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Reflecting upon the status of American identity, freedom, and equality during the nation's bicentennial, the resurging conservative politics that prevailed for the last quarter of the 20th century are examined. Was government really the problem? Was the era of big government really over?

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Conservative Resurgence

A New Economy (2005)

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The American economy headed in a different direction in the late 20th century. Why did this happen? What did it mean? Public policy, the effects of technology, the changing nature of work and the workforce, and the decline of organized labor are examined.

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Middle
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00:30
A New Economy

Life in the Fast Lane (2005)

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As Americans adjusted to emerging economic realities, the pace of their lives quickened. How did they cope with new freedoms and opportunities? Recent social history, including immigration and affirmative action is analyzed.

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Life in the Fast Lane

A Different World (2005)

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America had to adjust its role in the world in the late 20th century. The end of the Cold War, Americas continued involvement in the Middle East, and how American policymakers defined U.S. interests in a complicated and often violent world is analyzed.

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00:30
A Different World

Globalizing America (2005)

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At the turn of the 21st century, American culture seemed to be everywhere, and global trade accelerated. Then foreign terrorists attacked America on September 11, 200l. Why did this happen? The many dimensions of globalization, including the war on terrorism are analyzed.

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00:30
Globalizing America

A More Perfect Union (2005)

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This final lesson reflects upon American identity, freedom, and equality from the perspectives of our recurring experts, as well as our featured family members. Looking forward, we examine how we might secure a more perfect union for our posterity.

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00:30
A More Perfect Union

I Could Do That!

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At a young age, Esther Morris began to do things that her parents and others doubted that she could do.

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Primary
Elementary
Middle
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00:17
I Could Do That!

John, Paul, George and Ben

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According to the author, John (Hancock), Paul (Revere), George (Washington), Ben (Franklin), and Independent Tom (Jefferson) were always getting into trouble together as boys before getting into bi

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Primary
Elementary
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00:12
John, Paul, George and Ben

The Journey of the One and Only Declaration of Independence

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The Declaration of Independence has been around through every stage of American History and its journey is followed through pivotal points in U.S.

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Elementary
Middle
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00:30
The Journey of the One and Only Declaration of Independence

The Police Wars (2004)

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Two programs:
The Cold War

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High
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00:56
The Police Wars

America: The Story of Us

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America: The Story of Us is a full-color, deluxe history that is at once penetrating and lively, elegant and authoritative—as perfect for serious reading as it is for casual skimming. A companion to the groundbreaking HISTORY™ series America: The Story of Us, this stunning volume illuminates the epic story of our nation in a new way for a new generation.

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America: The Story of Us

Lyndon Johnson, “The Great Society,” speech made on May 22, 1964

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Johnson describes his domestic agenda and vision for a better America.
May 22, 1964

Freedom: A History of US (2003)

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It's long been America's strongest cultural bond and its most perilous fault line. For generations, men and women have lived and died for it. Now, consider what it means to be free with this groundbreaking new series, based on the award-winning books by master storyteller Joy Hakim.

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Middle
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07:00
Freedom: A History of US

Kennedy's Last Days: The Assassination That Defined a Generation

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On a sunny day in Dallas, Texas, at the end of a campaign trip, President John Fitzgerald Kennedy is assassinated by an angry, lonely drifter named Lee Harvey Oswald. The former Marine Corps sharpshooter escapes briefly, but is hunted down, captured, and then shot dead while in police custody.

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Kennedy's Last Days: The Assassination That Defined a Generation

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