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Grandfather's Journey

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Through compelling reminiscences of his grandfather's life in the United States and Japan, Allen Say poignantly recounts his family's journey to America.

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Primary
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0:10
Grandfather's Journey

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
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.

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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. 

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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.

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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

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

Exploring Borderlands (2003)

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Exploring Borderlands

Chicana writer Gloria Anzaldúa tells us that the border is "una herida abierta [an open wound] where the lifeblood of two worlds is merging to form a third country — a border culture." This program explores the literature of the Chicano borderlands and its beginnings in the literature of Spanish colonization.

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High
Professional
Length: 
00:28
Exploring Borderlands

Utopian Promise (2003)

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Puritan and Quaker Utopian Visions, 1620-1750

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High
Professional
Utopian Promise

Spirit of Nationalism (2003)

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Declaring Independence, 1710-1850

The Enlightenment brought new ideals and a new notion of selfhood to the American colonies. This program begins with an examination of the importance of the trope of the self-made man in Benjamin Franklin's autobiography, and then turns to the development of this concept in the writings of Romanticist Ralph Waldo Emerson.

Grade Level: 
High
Professional
Length: 
00:28
Spirit of Nationalism

Masculine Heroes (2003)

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American Expansion, 1820-1900

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High
Professional
Length: 
00:28
Masculine Heroes

Becoming Visible (2003)

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Ethnic Writers and the Literary Mainstream, 1945-1969

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High
Professional
Length: 
00:28
Becoming Visible

Search for Identity (2003)

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American Prose Writers

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High
Professional
Length: 
00:28
Search for Identity

Poetry of Liberation (2003)

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Poetry of Liberation

Grade Level: 
High
Professional
Length: 
00:28
Poetry of Liberation

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