Social Studies

Social Studies (X) - Middle (X)

Energy Resources (2007)

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Hardly a minute goes by without using energy resources. This video program explores the wide range of energy resources including: crude oil, natural gas, coal, nuclear energy, moving water, biomass, solar energy, wind energy, and geothermal energy. The relative advantages and disadvantages of each energy resource are outlined.

Grade Level: 
Middle
Length: 
0:20
Energy Resources

18th Century Turning Points in U.S. History 1783-1799 (2003)

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As the 18th century dawned on the North American continent, four powers - the French, the Spanish, the British and the Native Americans were competing to see who would control this remarkable land. However, after half a century of almost continuous wars, a new entity emerged: The Americans.

Grade Level: 
Middle
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0:50
18th Century Turning Points in U.S. History 1783-1799

Opposing Slavery: The Abolitionist Movement in America (2008)

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This program begins by exploring the development of slavery in America and the conditions under which enslaved people lived and worked.

Grade Level: 
Elementary
Middle
Length: 
00:13
Opposing Slavery: The Abolitionist Movement in America

Abraham Lincoln: the Great Emancipator (2008)

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In 1861, the Civil War was a conflict that threatened to permanently divide the United States. Without President Abraham Lincoln's leadership, courage and determination to maintain the Union, our country may have ceased to exist.

Grade Level: 
Elementary
Middle
Length: 
00:12
Abraham Lincoln: the Great Emancipator

Harriet Tubman and Her Escape to Freedom (2008)

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Millions of enslaved African-American men, women and children lived in the United States less that 200 years ago. During that period of American history, many brave men and women attempted an escape to freedom. Harriet Tubman is perhaps the best known of these American heroes.

Grade Level: 
Elementary
Middle
Length: 
00:14
Harriet Tubman and Her Escape to Freedom

China: A Global Economic Power (2008)

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China is a global economic power.

Chapter 1: Hong Kong, Economic Catalyst 2 min.
Hong Kong is a key international center of commerce and finance. As a former colony of Great Britain until the offshore island was returned to Communist China in 1997, it is a linchpin for the booming economic growth within China and between China and the rest of the world.

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Middle
High
Length: 
00:13
China: A Global Economic Power

One Earth, Many Scales (2003)

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The programs in this introductory unit raise two questions that are central to geographic understanding: (1) What insight can geography provide regarding the unity and division that pervades the contemporary world?, and (2) What are the concepts of geography that help us analyze characteristics o

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Middle
High
Length: 
00:29
One Earth, Many Scales

Boundaries and Borderlands (2003)

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This program, Boundaries and Borderlands, introduces the case study approach of the cours

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Middle
High
Length: 
00:29
Boundaries and Borderlands

New York in the American Revolution

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Uniquely presented here is the New York experience of the American Revolution. New York was the site of several important battles and many New Yorkers were major contributors in the war effort. Budding historians learn about the early stirrings of dissatisfaction with British rule, and how this conflict escalated into the development of a new country. This volume contains political cartoons, paintings, and other primary source documents.

New York in the American Revolution

The Colony of New York

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New York was one of the thirteen original British colonies. During those early days, New York began to establish itself as a land of valuable resources and innovative, free-thinking individuals. This book chronicles the history of early New York, how it became a British colony, and what life was like in colonial New York. The facts are richly supplemented with detailed maps and primary source documents from the era.

The Colony of New York

New York's Economic Growth

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With the onset of the Industrial Revolution, New York State truly came into its own as a center for industry and economy. Businessmen like Jay Gould of the railroad industry and oil tycoon JD Rockefeller helped make New York prosperous, while many local inventors, engineers, and architects helped create new and valuable ideas. From the beauty and strength of the Brooklyn Bridge to the innovations of Corning Glass Works, New York's past and present are ripe with fascinating tales of economic growth and innovation.

New York's Economic Growth

New York's Erie Canal

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The Erie Canal played a pivotal role in the economic, geographic, and political growth of New York State. This interactive eBook combines videos, activities, interactive timelines, primary sources, and teaching tools to provide students with a hands-on look at how the canal was built, the impact it had on commerce, and how people use it today.

New York's Erie Canal

Leaders in Colonial New York

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New York would not be the state it is today without the many strong leaders of its past. This fascinating resource examines some of the most influential men and women in New York's early history, including Peter Minuit, Sybil Ludington, Peter Stuyvesant, Red Jacket, and George Clinton. Entertaining biographical information is woven into the narrative of New York history and is presented along with primary source documents and paintings supporting the contributions of these early luminaries.

Leaders in Colonial New York

New York's Land and Natural Resources

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New York is a beautiful state rich in valuable natural resources that help make it a perfect location for a variety of industries and businesses. Readers will examine how the environment and resources of New York have shaped its history and industry. This engaging volume contains maps, primary sources, and photographs from New York State's fascinating backstory of development and expansion.

New York's Land and Natural Resources

The People and Cultures of New York

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The diverse peoples and cultures who call New York home are a huge part of what makes the state so unique. This book delves into the history of immigration in New York and the different cultures that have helped shape New York into the state it is today. Thoughtful text is supplemented by primary source documents and photographs that show New York in the past and as it is today.

The People and Cultures of New York

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