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Liberty Minutes| Jefferson on Liberty

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Learn about the meaning of liberty according to President Jefferson, as portrayed by Clay Jenkinson.

Built on Agriculture - Selkirk Settlers | Scottish Highland Clearances

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Learn about the Selkirk Settlers who came to Manitoba from the north of Scotland. They were tenant farmers there, who were being displaced by their landlord, the Countess of Sutherland, in favour of sheep farming. The families were led by Lord Selkirk, a Scottish nobleman, who purchased a large area of land from Hudson's Bay Company.

Germans from Russia in South America | Preserving Heritage

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Germans from Russia try to pass their cultural inheritance to future generations.

One Shining Moment | A Part of One's Life and Honor Roll of State 'B' Champions

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Learn how Class 'B' tournament basketball is a highlight of the lives of each athlete, coach, referee, and sportscaster, and participation has led to lifetime friendships; view images and lists of championship teams from 1933 through 2000. List of championship teams from 1933 through 2000;The rich history of North Dakota's premier sporting event comes alive in this stirring documentary. Relive the game-defining moments, historic matches and outstanding players that make Class B basketball a cultural phenomenon in North Dakota.

Indian Pride: Myths and Real Truths | Part 3

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Betty Cooper, a councilwoman of the Blackfeet Nation of Montana, describes how children are raised in the Blackfeet tradition and the roles of mothers, fathers, and other family members in protecting children. 

Commerce | Steamboats on the Red

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Learn how the steamboats that navigated the Red River were designed to transport goods, not people in this video from the Steamboats on the Red series. Cargo transported included food, farm implements, wagons, livestock, imported goods, and immigrants; but with all that weight in a very shallow river, running aground was a frequent problem.

Looking at the shallow twists and turns of the Red River, it’s hard to imagine that steam-powered paddlewheel boats were once the most important transportation link between St. Paul, Minnesota, and Winnipeg, Manitoba. From the first in 1859 to the last that sank in 1909, Red River steamboats hauled thousands of settlers and millions of tons of freight across the border between the United States and Canada. Although it lasted barely 50 years, the age of the steamboat forged a commercial network between the two countries that exists to this day in the Interstate-29 corridor.

Prairie Places | Fort Union

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Learn about Fort Union, established in 1829 by the American Fur Company.

Jean Ranstrom: Landscape Artist

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The secret to the vibrant landscapes painted by Jean Ranstrom of Alvarado, MN is fresh air. She is happiest painting outdoors, surrounded by the landscapes she's capturing on canvas.

Rivers, Roads, Rails, and Air | The Decline of Railroads and Streetcars

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Discover how the building and use of railroads declined due to the popularity of automobiles and trucks. One effect was the development of regional and short line railroads that served smaller communities. Several larger cities used local electric streetcars until the automobiles took over.

Red River Land | History of Travel | The Automobile

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At first people in the Red River Valley thought that automobiles were a nuisance that scared horses, but as automobiles became cheaper people began to trade in their carts and carriages for cars.  The gasoline engine resulted in big changes, and automobiles began realizing their full potential when a suitable network of roads was built in North Dakota. Electric streetcars and motorized busses provided city transit.

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