Social Studies

Social Studies (X) - Elementary (X) - Middle (X)

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

Jamestown: The Beginning

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This drama presents a historical overview of America's first permenent English settlement, including the Jamestown settler's origins in England and the first quarter century of the colony's existence.

Grade Level: 
Elementary
Middle
High
Length: 
00:17
Jamestown: The Beginning

Pioneer Life in Revolutionary America

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The free but difficult life of the first wave of American settlers to cross the Appalachian Mountains is colofully re-created in this program. The impact of the westward-moving frontier on American values is made clear. The program explores the roles and relationships that existed in Colonial times.

Grade Level: 
Elementary
Middle
High
Length: 
00:16
Pioneer Life in Revolutionary America

Social Class in Revolutionary America

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Even though the availability of land gave American colonists more self-determination than their European cousins, there were still class divisions. How these differences were overcome as the Revolution approached is explore in this enlightening program. 

Grade Level: 
Elementary
Middle
High
Length: 
00:19
Social Class in Revolutionary America

Family & Work in Revolutionary America

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The relationships of children and parents and of husbands and wives in colonial America are depicted in this engaging program, which clearly shows the role each person played. The program explores the roles and relationships that existed in Colonial times.

Grade Level: 
Elementary
Middle
High
Length: 
00:19
Family & Work in Revolutionary America

Roanoke: The Lost Colony

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This live-action program features realistic sixteenth-century reenactments in both Elizabethan England and America at the beginning of European settlement in the New World. Strong acting combined with accurate historical costumes and sets convey the drama of the Roanoke colony's disappearance.

Grade Level: 
Elementary
Middle
High
Length: 
00:27
Roanoke: The Lost Colony

Values in Revolutionary America

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The importance of family, social class, religion, and self-government in the American colonies created a unique set of values. This informative program uses historical vignettes to deptict those values on the eve of the Revolution.

Grade Level: 
Elementary
Middle
High
Length: 
00:19
Values in Revolutionary America

Iroquois: Indians of the Northeast

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Five warring Native American tribes, also known as the "Five Nations", the Mohawk, the Oneida, the Onondaga, the Cayuga, and the Seneca, negotiated the Great Law of Peace or the League of the Iroquois, which influenced American political thinkers. Nonetheless, the American Revolution split the confederation, pitting old friends against each other and signaling the decline of their power.

Grade Level: 
Elementary
Middle
High
Length: 
00:17
Iroquois: Indians of the Northeast

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

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