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Captive Ship

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Learn about the history of the slave ship, Henrietta Marie, and slavery in early western Virginia.

West Virginia | Road to Statehood

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Explore the events leading to statehood for West Virginia. The five lesson plans provide a guided viewing graphic organizer, primary source documents, maps, and activities to engage students in the study of the presidential election of 1860, the issues of the time, and individuals who played a role in the movment.

English Ships (1664) | Dutch New York

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In 1664, four English gun boats appeared in New York harbor. This video explains how, just days later, New Amsterdam became New York. Through the Articles of Capitulation that gave England control of the colony as well as the unusual terms of this surrender, Dutch citizens were allowed to maintain their laws, their church and their culture. The video goes on to discuss how Dutch ideas of tolerance and individual rights, which were not present in other English colonies, took root 120 years later in the Bill of Rights.

Eid al-Fitr

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Eid al-Fitr is the Islamic celebration that marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan, a time of fasting, spiritual renewal and reflection. This video segment from Religion & Ethics Newsweekly looks at Ramadan and how American Muslims observe it in a non-Muslim culture.

Islamic Celebrations | Religion & Ethics Newsweekly

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Muslims around the world end their month long observance of Ramadan with a celebration known as Eid Al-Fitr, the "Feast of Breaking the Fast." In this video from Religion & Ethics Newsweekly, members of the Islamic Center of Washington, DC discuss the religious and spiritual significance of these annual religious events.

Deciphering the Maya Code

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In this video segment adapted from NOVA, learn about the writings found in ancient Maya codices—books written on bark. Although 16th-century Spanish priests burned many of these codices, four books and other structures featuring Maya hieroglyphs survived. Breakthroughs in efforts to decipher the Maya writings have shown that the Maya used a number system to precisely chart the 365-day solar cycle, predict solar and lunar ecplipses, and track the complex orbit of Venus.

Hajj: Part I | Religion & Ethics Newsweekly

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One of the five requirements or pillars of Islam is the pilgrimage to Mecca, in Saudi Arabia, also known as the Hajj. The journey is taken by thousands of Americans each year. This video on the Hajj from Religion & Ethics Newsweekly begins with a look at one American Muslim preparing for his first trip to Mecca.

D-Day: George Koumalats Part 2

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George Koumalats discusses preparing for Normandy and his experience fighting battles during WWII in this video teaching module from KACV's local perspective on "The War".  This video is available in both English and Spanish audio, along with corresponding closed captions.

Battle of Midway

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The Battle of Midway was a major turning point in the Pacific for the United States during World War II. This KACV educational unit includes a video interview with a World War II veteran.  This video is available in both English and Spanish audio, along with corresponding closed captions.

Joe Glover: Daytime Bombings

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Joe Glover talks about how the U.S. would bomb during the daytime rather than the nighttime in this video teaching module from the KACV's local perspective on "The War".

This video is available in both English and Spanish audio, along with corresponding closed captions.

Cleatus Lebow: Leapfrogging

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Cleatus Lebow describes the landing on Iwo Jima in this video teaching module from the KACV's local perspective on "The War".

This video is available in both English and Spanish audio, along with corresponding closed captions.

Granville Boyd: Leapfrogging

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Granville Boyd recalls a tank battle on Saipan in this video teaching module from the KACV's local perspective on "The War".

This video is available in both English and Spanish audio, along with corresponding closed captions.

VE Day: Bill Rice

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Bill Rice discusses VE (Victory in Europe) Day in this video teaching module from the KACV's local perspective on "The War".

World War II Veteran Clayton Raymond Byrd, Jr. - 
Tech Sergeant, Army | Georgia Oral History

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Mr. Clayton Raymond Byrd, Jr was drafted three weeks before his 18th birthday and served for four years. He was born July 20, 1925. Mr. Byrd discusses his combat experiences and his life after the war.

World War II Veteran Donald P. Burgess - 
Aviation Machinist's Mate First Class, Navy | Georgia Oral History

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Mr. Donald Burgess was an aviation machinist and an enlisted aerial navigator during World War II. He was born July 13, 1924 and is a native of Minneapolis, Minnesota. Mr. Burgess tells about the "forgotten war" fought on American soil in the Aleutians and Kodiak. Mr. Burgess' experiences also include engagements on Tenyan, Saipan, Iwo Jima, and Attu.

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