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A Tour of the Underground Railroad | Georgia Stories

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The dream of freedom for slaves meant the freedom to be their own masters responsible for themselves and no more whips and chains. Some slaves made that dream a reality when they got on board the Underground Railroad. Savannah tour guide Ogbanna explains the Underground Railroad to students as he asks them to think differently when they hear the words train, tracks, and station.

106: First Century of Statehood, Part I (Georgia and the American Revolution) | Georgia Stories

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Segments: The Big Question, Savannah Under Attack, and The Nancy Hart Story.

After Slavery

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This video segment from the PBS series Finding Your Roots discusses the steps people took to help freed slaves following the abolition of slavery. In his second Inaugural Address, President Lincoln called for the re-building of the country. In response, Quakers, including Kevin Bacon’s ancestor Lydia Atkinson, became very involved in the education of newly freed slaves.

A Visit to New Echota | Georgia Stories

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The Cherokees living in northwest Georgia observed what happened to the Creeks and learned something. They thought if they accepted the white culture and adopted white lifestyles, they could live together in peace with white Georgians. Today, New Echota Historic Site in Gordon County preserves what is left of the Cherokee capital. Ranger Frankie Mewborn guides students on a tour of the site and points out the aspects of Cherokee culture that paralleled that of whites. It was at New Echota that Sequoyah developed the Cherokee alphabet giving Cherokees a written language. 

Andersonville Prison | Georgia Stories

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It would be bad enough to face the enemy on a battlefield, but being a prisoner of war (POW) could be far worse. During the Civil War, both sides had terrible prison camps, but one particular Georgia camp has become synonymous with inhumane treatment. Fort Sumter outside the town of Andersonville housed 30,000 prisoners in a facility designed for 10,000. Overcrowding and filthy conditions resulted in death by starvation, disease, exposure, or at the hands of other prisoners for nearly half of the POWs at Andersonville. 

Causes (2) | 1980s Farm Crisis

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The 1980s farm crisis has a variety of causes, domestically and internationally. This segment is part of the documentary The Farm Crisis, which examines the tragic circumstances faced by farmers for most of the 1980s, when thousands were forced into bankruptcy, land values dropped by one-third nationally, and sky-high interest rates turned successes into failures seemingly overnight.

103: The Early Inhabitants of Georgia, Part 2 | Georgia Stories

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Segments: Cultures Blend, Tough Choices, and  Keeping Cultures Alive Today.

Triangle Fire: Bodies Falling from the Sky

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Witness accounts of the 1911 fire at the Triangle shirtwaist factory reflect on the suffering of factory employees in the fire, and also in the prior year, when the Triangle workers had gone on strike for safer workplace conditions. Excerpted from, American Experience: “Triangle Fire.”

Vietnam | West Virginians Remember

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Listen to interviews with five Vietnam combat veterans from West Virginia as they reflect on their experiences before, during, and after the war.

The Kennedy Half-Century

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Marking the 50th anniversary of JFK’s assassination, THE KENNEDY HALF-CENTURY is a one-hour documentary chronicling the impact and influence of John F Kennedy’s life, administration and tragic death on the public, the media and every subsequent U.S. president.

John F. Kennedy’s legacy has endured due to the early efforts of family and friends, as well as through Lyndon Johnson's "Great Society" programs, Ronald Reagan's tax cuts and Cold War strategies, Bill Clinton's infatuation with the 35th president, and the "twinning" of JFK and Barrack Obama in the 2008 presidential campaign.

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