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Unearthing Secret America [electronic resource]

Public Broadcasting Service (U.S.)
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This edition of PBS Scientific American Frontiers delves into the secrets of America's past - as archeologists investigate three tremendous discoveries: unique finds that bring our history to life like never before. Unearthing Secret America shows how the Jamestown fort offers clues to the struggles of the colonists and how slave quarters at Monticello and Williamsburg expose a secret world for the first time: revealing economic shifts that altered the experience of enslaved and free people in ways we are just beginning to understand. A story told with rich detail, it is a fresh and up-close look at life in America from the colonial period up through the 19th century.
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60 min.
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6 & up
  • Encoded with permission for digital streaming by Films Media Group on August 21, 2011.
  • Films on Demand is distributed by Films Media Group for Films for the Humanities & Sciences, Cambridge Educational, Meridian Education, and Shopware.
Related Title
Scientific American frontiers (Television program)
PBS Scientific American Frontier series
  • Highlights: Unearthing Secret America (1:04)
  • Sponsors: Unearthing Secret America (0:26)
  • Considering American Slavery (3:19)
  • What Happened at Jamestown? (1:56)
  • The Fort at Jamestown (3:18)
  • The Starving Time at Jamestown (1:00)
  • Jamestown Commercial Venture (1:56)
  • One Less Mouth to Feed? (3:47)
  • Climate of Jamestown Settlement (2:51)
  • Bought and Sold in Williamsburg (2:34)
  • Slavery Laws of Virginia (1:24)
  • Evolution of Slave Laws Seen in Physical Artifacts (1:26)
  • Unexpected Finds in Slave Quarters (2:33)
  • House Slaves (2:52)
  • Reenacting a 'Slave Auction' (3:18)
  • Slave Diet (3:05)
  • Thomas Jefferson, Slave Master (2:16)
  • Monticello from a Slave's Point of View (2:19)
  • Monticello from a Guest's Point of View (4:00)
  • Monticello's Mulberry Row (2:39)
  • Slave Settlement Near Monticello (4:17)
  • Conclusions of Slave Archeology (2:39)
  • Additional Resources & Credits: Unearthing Secret America (1:09)
New York, N.Y. : Films Media Group, [2011], c2002.
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44065 Films Media Group
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1 streaming video file (60 min.) : sd., col., digital file.
Mode of access: Internet.
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