American History

Industrializing America (2008)

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A new era of mass production arose in the United States because of technological innovations, a favorable patent system, new forms of factory organization, an abundant supply of natural resources, and foreign investment.

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Industrializing America

Taming the American West (2008)

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After Reconstruction, America experienced an "era of incorporation" with mass social movements, tremendous economic change, and national consolidation.

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Taming the American West

Reconstructing a Nation (2007)

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Emancipation was only the beginning of a long road to freedom for those released from slavery. Following the Civil War, an immense economic and political effort was undertaken, focused on reunifying the divided nation.

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Reconstructing a Nation

A Nation Divided (2007)

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Although the Civil War is viewed today through the lens of the Union’s ultimate victory, for much of the war that victory was far from certain.

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A Nation Divided

Antebellum Reform (2007)

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As a response to increasing social ills, the nineteenth century generated reform movements: temperance, abolition, school and prison reform, as well as others.

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Global America (2008)

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From the 1970s to the present, conservatism, globalization, and an emphasis on individual rights and non-discrimination have changed the United States.

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Global America

Egalitarian America (2008)

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From the 1940s to the 1970s, the African American civil rights movement galvanized other communities of color to end discrimination.

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Egalitarian America

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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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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Iroquois: Indians of the Northeast

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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Values in Revolutionary America

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