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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.

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Elementary
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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.

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Elementary
Middle
High
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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. 

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Elementary
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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.

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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.

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Middle
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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.

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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.

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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.

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Middle
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00:26
Long Knives

Egyptians: Conflicting Visions of Immortality

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The Egyptian pharaohs tried to create immortality for their god-king legacy. They attempted it with mummification and huge tombs, but most were destroyed by grave robbers and the passage of time. Still, many images and mummies remain, but one pharaoh's legacy, Akhenaton's, was deliberately obliterated by polytheistic priests because his monotheism threatened their power.

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Middle
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00:15
Egyptians: Conflicting Visions of Immortality

Greeks: Olympic Mind-Body Legacy

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Like the Phoenicians, the Greeks were a collection of city states during their great Hellenic period. And even though they often made war on each other, every four years, during the Olympic Games, they sublimated their violence into a fusion of mind and body worship dedicated to their chief god, Zeus. This great ideal of the Greeks has been more long lasting throughout history than any other.

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00:15
Greeks: Olympic Mind-Body Legacy

Incas: Oppression Self-Destroys An Empire

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Like the Romans, the Incas conquered a large number of cultures, binding them together with a network of roads. The Incas also showed remarkable engineering skills in buildings and terraced farming fields, as at Machu Picchu. But the Inca impatience for power is revealed in their ruthless oppression of the defeated peoples.

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Middle
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00:15
Incas: Oppression Self-Destroys An Empire

Khmers: Creating Heaven on Earth

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The Khmer Empire, now modern Cambodia, was largely unknown until the nineteenth-century discovery of the ruins of Angkor Wat, an astonishing temple complex. Long abandoned, its huge and beautiful symmetry reveals it as an attempt to create a Hindu concept of Heaven, here on earth. Yet it also reveals a society where peasants and artisans supported an absolute ruler.

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Middle
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00:15
Khmers: Creating Heaven on Earth

Mayans: Deception By Temple Rituals

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The Mayan Empire was supported by sophisticated mathematical and astronomical knowledge. These ideas were integrated with their religious sacrificial practices, as in their life-or-death ball games.

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00:15
Mayans: Deception By Temple Rituals

Romans: Inclusive Conquest & Loyal Citizens

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The Romans ruthlessly conquered Carthage and the rest of the Mediterranean region, but also gained the allegiance of most of the people they subdued. How? By giving them citizenship and including them in the benefits of empire, best exemplified by one of Rome’s good emperors, Hadrian.

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Middle
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Length: 
00:15
Romans: Inclusive Conquest & Loyal Citizens

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