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Looking for Lincoln | All Things Lincoln

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In this video segment, from the PBS documentary Looking for Lincoln, Professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr. visits the Lincoln Museum to see the iconic “stove pipe” hat firsthand. He then travels to Beverly Hills for a tour of the world’s largest private collection of Lincoln-related artifacts.

HUD Office

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This Building Block video shows a close-up of the sign on the Department of Housing and Urban Development building.

Looking for Lincoln | Abraham Lincoln, Attorney at Law

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In this video segment, from the PBS documentay Looking for Lincoln, Professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and historian Doris Kearns Goodwin examine Lincoln's years as a "prairie" lawyer on the Illinois circuit, and discuss how they honed and polished Lincoln's confidence, sense of fairness, and social skills.

Elephants

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This Building Block video shows a medium shot of adult and young elephants grazing in the grass.

U.S. Capitol Building

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A beautiful extreme long shot of the U.S. Capitol building's West Front is shown from across the reflecting pool in this Building Block video.

Welcome (中国欢迎您) from the First Lady

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Join First Lady Michelle Obama as she discusses her upcoming trip to China and invites students to follow her journey.

Bill Gates Recites the Gettysburg Address

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Watch Bill Gates recite the Gettysburg Address as part of Ken Burns' challenge to all Americans to Learn the Address. To celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address, documentarian Ken Burns, along with numerous partners, has launched a national effort to encourage everyone in America to video record themselves reading or reciting the speech. The collection of recordings housed on this site will continue to grow as more and more people are inspired by the power of history and take the challenge to Learn the Address.

American Flags

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This Building Block video features nine American flags on poles billowing in a strong wind.

Close-up of Smoke Stack

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In this Building Block video, the camera looks close-up at the top of a smokestack that is releasing exhaust into the clear blue sky.

Rhinoceroses

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Watch a pair of rhinos grazing in the savanna in this Building Block video.

Storks

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This Building Block video shows Marabou storks near Lake Nakuru in Kenya. One stork is perched on driftwood, while another strides along the grass.

Soldiers Marching

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This Building Block video shows a black and white wide shot of thousands of soldiers marching towards camera.

Satellite Dishes

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In this Building Block video, the camera pans over multiple satellite dishes on a roof in San Francisco, California. Apartment buildings and Coit Tower stand in the background.

Lewis and Clark's North Dakota: Retracing Lewis and Clark's Steps

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Lewis and Clark’s Journey began in St. Louis in 1803.  The Corps of Discovery proceeded northwest traveling mostly by river.  Today people follow the trail that Lewis and Clark once paved into uncharted territory.

Oil Rig Pumping

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A grasshopper oil rig pumps oil as a white SUV pulls up next to it in this Building Block video.

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