American History

The War: 1941-1945 (2006)

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THE WAR, a seven-part documentary series directed and produced by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick, explores the history and horror of the Second World War from an American perspective by following the fortunes of so-called ordinary men and women who become caught up in one of the greatest cataclysms in human history.

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Middle
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15:00
The War: 1941-1945

The Colonial Kitchen: The Modern Kitchen of 1750 (2004)

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Travel back in time to Old Deerfield, Massachusetts circa 1750 to get a "kid's-eye" view of a colonial kitchen in New England. Learn about cooking techniques and gadgets from long ago. Compare the similarities and differences of how people prepared the family meal in 1750 to now.

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Primary
Elementary
Length: 
00:12
The Colonial Kitchen: The Modern Kitchen of 1750

The Founding of America (2008)

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The inspiring early days of America – the personalities, the battles, the bravery, the losses, and even the romance – spring to life in spellbinding detail in this sweeping 14-DVD set from A&E Home Video.

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Middle
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27:14
The Founding of America

America: The Story of Us (2010)

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A riveting adventure of how America was invented, AMERICA The Story of Us focuses on the people, ideas and events that built our nation, covering 400 years of American history in the most extensive and in-depth television series ever produced by HISTORY.

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Middle
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Length: 
09:12
America: The Story of Us

John Adams

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While our new nation was suffering attacks from both within and without, John Adams had a vision of a nation of liberty and justice for all. He guided his peers - General George Washington, Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson - in setting the values and agenda for a glorious, free America. Adams and his wife Abigail refined these ambitious democratic ideals, and their partnership became one of the most moving love stories in American history.Based on "John Adams", the Pulitzer Prize-winning book from author David McCullough.Also available as a book and audiobook.

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High
Length: 
08:21
John Adams

The Pilgrims of Plimoth

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The arrival of the Pilgrims in the new world is chronicled in this dramatic re-enactment of their daily activities during the first trying years in the colony they called Plimoth.

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Elementary
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00:26
The Pilgrims of Plimoth

Jean Fritz: Six Revolutionary War Figures

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Ben Franklin, Samuel Adams, John Hancock, Paul Revere, Patrick Henry, and King George III were all integral in the vivid tale of the American Revolution.

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Elementary
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00:16
Jean Fritz: Six Revolutionary War Figures

Who's That Stepping on Plymouth Rock?

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Plymouth Rock is the most solid piece of history the United States has.

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Elementary
Middle
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00:23
Who's That Stepping on Plymouth Rock?

A Few Acres of Snow

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A war fought at the edge of two mighty empires. For over one hundred and fifty years Britain and France were locked in a struggle for domination of North America.

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Middle
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Social Studies
Play Time: 
60 min.
A Few Acres of Snow

And Then What Happened, Paul Revere?

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Jean Fritz gives us an inside look not only into the details of Paul Revere’s famous ride into Lexington, but into the very nature of Paul Revere himself.

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Elementary
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00:24
And Then What Happened, Paul Revere?

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