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

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

Thanksgiving Shared: Native Americans

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Using actors in period costumes, this engaging program re-creates the foundign of Plymouth Plantation. It also tells the story of the first Thanksgiving from a unique perspective, emphasizing Native Americans' contributions to this national holiday.

Grade Level: 
Middle
High
Length: 
00:17
Thanksgiving Shared: Native Americans

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

Long Knives

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George Rogers Clark was only 26 when he led a daring raid during the Revolutionary War to capture British forts and neutralize their efforts on the frontier west of the Alleghenies. His victories helped bring Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, and other Midwest states into the U.S. after the war.

Grade Level: 
Middle
High
Length: 
00:26
Long Knives

New York in the New Nation

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After the American Revolution, New York played a major role in the development of the newly formed United States. Not only was New York City the first capitol of the new nation, but many influential local writers, inventors, and leaders provided valuable contributions to the newly forming American government, economy, and culture. This engaging book provides information, supported by primary sources from the period, on the people and events that made New York such an invaluable part of the early history of the United States.

New York in the New Nation

Will You Sign Here, John Hancock?

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Known for his memorable signature at the bottom of the Declaration of Independence, the rest of John Hancock’s life is not as well known to many students and citizens.

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Grade Level: 
Elementary
Middle
Length: 
00:30
Will You Sign Here, John Hancock?

Life of an Enslaved Person in America (2008)

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This program explores the daily life and customs of enslaved children and adults from colonial times through Emancipation. Through these activities students will come to better understand and appreciate the hardships and plight of African Americans living under the institution of slavery.

Grade Level: 
Middle
High
Length: 
00:13
Life of an Enslaved Person in America

Escaping Slavery on the Underground Railroad (2008)

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Stirring dramatizations, archival photographs and colorful maps help tell the story of the Underground Railroad.

Grade Level: 
Middle
High
Length: 
00:11
Escaping Slavery on the Underground Railroad

18th Century Turning Points in U.S. History 1736-1766 (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
High
Length: 
00:50
18th Century Turning Points in U.S. History 1736-1766

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