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It's All Earth and Sky | Introduction to Germans from Russia

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Hear five representative Germans from Russia, Arthur Flegel, Debra Marquart, Al Neuharth, Henry Schmick and Brian Schweitzer, who have all attained success in their lives, share their insights on the process of becoming American. Like many others who have come here, Germans from Russia have suffered, and they have overcome. Since their background and history is as rich in texture as it is in diversity, they serve here as a model of assimilation of other ethnic groups into American society.

Liberty Minutes| Jefferson on Liberty

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Learn about the meaning of liberty according to President Jefferson, as portrayed by Clay Jenkinson.

The White House: Inside Story | First Children

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What is it like to be a son or daughter of the President of the United States? What is it like to grow up in the White House? First Children, some of whom have grown up at the White House, have a most unique experience. They play ball on the White House lawn, roller skate in the East Room, and have kindergarten classes in the Solarium. Some have been married at the White House, and some have died within the historic walls. Sometimes though, it is the normalcy of childhood or adolescence that Presidential Children dream of…the spotlight of the press and the security of the home can be very demanding. But, in the words of Susan Ford Bales, the daughter of President Ford, living in The White House is “amazing.”

The White House: Inside Story | The Oval Office

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The center of the American political system is a small, oval shaped room in the West Wing of the White House. The President's iconic office, which also holds the infamous Resolute Desk, is called the Oval Office. It is here where historic decisions are made, agreements are hammered out, and legislation is discussed. It is here where the President meets important guests and dignitaries, and it is here where America’s leader enjoys rare moments of peace and quiet. The aura of the office has spanned generations, and even Presidents can feel the sense of power with which the room imbues them. Today, the Oval Office is the most famous office in the world.

Taking the Reins: Women in Politics | Idaho Experience

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This excerpt from the Idaho Experience episode "Taking the Reins" documents how May Arkwright Hutton became one of the richest women in the American West, using her newfound wealth to promote suffrage and later running for the Idaho Legislature.

Exploring Religious America | Religion & Ethics Newsweekly

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This video profiles a small community in an Atlanta, Georgia suburb where religious tolerance is being put to the test. The video, from Religion & Ethics Newsweekly, reports on what happened when Muslims in Lawrenceville, Georgia requested permission to create an Islamic cemetery on land they purchased that is located across the street from a Methodist church and cemetery. The Muslim group's willingness to compromise on some traditional burial practices in order to satisfy neighborhood objections illustrates the kinds of accommodations religious newcomers often must make in adjusting to new surroundings.

Declaring Freedom...But For Whom?

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This video segment adapted from Africans in America explores Thomas Jefferson's assertion in the Declaration of Independence that "all men are created equal." With this document, Jefferson announced to the world that the newly formed United States of America would be a nation that valued liberty, equality, and the right to self-determination. Yet at the same time that he wrote these words, Thomas Jefferson held title to over 200 human beings as his personal property.

Muslim Diversity

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Roughly half of the Muslims in the United States are African American and the other half are immigrants and their American-born children. The Muslim American Society represents African American Muslims and the Islamic Society of North America represents Muslims who are mostly from Africa and Asia. This video from Religion & Ethics Newsweekly examines the differences between the two groups and whether the two communities can bridge the cultural gap that divides them.

Indian Pride, Government Structure: Part 2

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JuniKae Randall interviews Harold "Gus" Frank, chairman of the Forest County Potawatomi, Wisconsin, about his tribe's governmental history and arrangement.

The White House: Inside Story | First Ladies

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She isn’t paid for the work she does, and her job isn’t mentioned in the Constitution, but the First Lady is an instrumental part of each Presidential Administration. Over the years, each First Lady has left her own unique touch on the White House. Eleanor Roosevelt, probably the most famous First Lady yet, took on civic and social issues around the country and the globe. Jackie Kennedy redesigned the White House, bringing period furnishings into the home. Rosalynn Carter sat in on cabinet meetings and advised her husband, The President, regularly. As the world, and the White House, continues to evolve, who knows what is in store for the future First Lady… or the First Spouse!

115: The Rise of Modern Georgia, Part IV | Georgia Stories

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This episode highlights the ongoing shift from country to city life in Georgia. It discusses the societal impacts of the Great Depression. The episode also goes into the changing roles of women in the state since World War II. It concludes by telling the story of one man's fight to keep a pet pig within the Decatur city limits.

Atlanta's Example in the Civil Rights Movement | Georgia Stories

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The Civil Rights movement brought great upheaval and change to American society. Southern cities like Birmingham and Nashville witnessed violence and hostility, but Atlanta was different. The end of segregation in Atlanta began in 1960 with a series of sit-ins and boycotts organized by students from the six colleges in the Atlanta University complex. Atlanta students decided to challenge segregation and focus on integrating public accommodations and lunch counters.

Minnesota Legacy Short | Grass Roots Populism: MN Farmer-Labor Party 1916-1944

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At the turn of the 20th century, Minnesota's entrenched Republican party was challenged by the most successful radical third-party in American history. From 1918 to 1944, the Farmer-Labor party was strong enough to wrest control of the state's government away from entrenched political parties, profoundly transforming Minnesota's political climate.

Prairie Churches | Lighthouse on the Prairie

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Learn about David Haslekaas and his personal crusade to preserve Hitterdal Lutheran Church, Milton North Dakota, as well as a photographic tour of other beautiful churches in North Dakota, Manitoba, and Minnesota.

Indian Pride | Tribal Relations | Part 1

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This episode examines the relationship between Native American tribes and the United States federal government. Speakers discuss health care, justice systems, and business opportunities. Also discussed: religious artifacts in museums, gaming on reservations, and sovereignty.

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