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Grouse

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This Building Block video shows a male blue grouse puffing up its feathers to attract a mate.

The Gettysburg Address Mashup

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Watch President Barack Obama, Taylor Swift, Nancy Pelosi, Stephen Spielberg and more 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.

Gabby Giffords and Friends Recite the Gettysburg Address

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Watch Gabby Giffords and friends 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.

FEMA Offices

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In this Building Block video, the camera begins on a close-up of the Department of Homeland Security seal, then pulls back to show the exterior of the FEMA building.

Soldiers

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This Building Block video features black and white footage of soldiers walking past a registration desk.

Piles of Coal Drop

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In this Building Block video, a train drives over a bridge and dumps coal to the ground below, causing a haze of dust and blocking out the blue sky beyond.

Randi Weingarten Recites the Gettysburg Address

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Watch Randi Weingarten 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.

Joan Ganz Cooney, Elmo, and Murray Recite the Gettysburg Address

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Watch Joan Ganz Cooney, Elmo, and Murray 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.

What's Your Opinion

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The findings in public opinion polls are a fixture in the news media, with pollsters measuring the public's thoughts on politicians, public policy and pop culture. But how does polling work? And how accurate is it?

Lewis and Clark's North Dakota: Jefferson's Vision

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Thomas Jefferson had many purposes in mind when he commissioned the Lewis and Clark Expedition. Places of interest identified by Lewis and Clark became military and trading posts in future years.  Additionally, many new species of plants and animals were identified.  William Clark also produced one of the earliest maps of this region.

The White House

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In this Building Block video, the camera moves in for a medium shot of the White House North Portico on a bright day.

Paul Revere Statue

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This Building Block video shows the Paul Revere Statue in Boston framed by trees. The camera zooms out to show tourists standing at the base of the statue.

Remote Controller

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In this Building Block video, batteries are inserted into a remote controller and the cover is replaced. A thumb then moves the joystick on the controller as something out-of-focus moves in the background.

Gas Pump

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In this Building Block video, a woman's arm places a gas pump in the gas tank of a car.

Ken Burns Recites the Gettysburg Address

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Watch Ken Burns recite the Gettysburg Address as part of his 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.

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