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New York, 1609-1825 [electronic resource]: The Country and the City

Public Broadcasting Service (U.S.)
Video; Computer Resource; Online Video; Online
This episode of New York: A Documentary Film begins by identifying the key themes that shaped New York's history: commerce and capitalism, diversity and democracy, transformation and creativity. Filmmaker Ric Burns charts the development of the city founded by the Dutch as a purely commercial enterprise, first as New Amsterdam, a freewheeling enclave of trade and opportunity; then as the British colony of New York, bestowed as a birthday gift upon the Duke of York by his brother, King Charles, and fueled by slavery; soon after as a strategically pivotal locale in the American Revolution; and ultimately as the city of New York: the nation's first capital and the place destined to define urban life in America - and American ideals.
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120 min.
8 and 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.
Variant Title
Country and City
Related Title
New York (Television program)
New York: A Documentary Film by Ric Burns
New York (New York, N.Y.)
  • Introduction and Credits: New York, 1609-1825: The Country and the City (1:51)
  • Henry Hudson's Discovery (1:42)
  • New York: Constant Possibility (3:54)
  • Rise of the Tiny Colony on the Edge of the World (2:55)
  • The Country and the City (2:41)
  • Colonies Struggle for Survival: The Year of the Blood (5:35)
  • Diversity and Democracy in New Amsterdam (3:03)
  • New Amsterdam Becomes New York (2:53)
  • English Pave the Way for Reconstruction (5:48)
  • Exploitation of Slave Labor (8:17)
  • British Taxation and the Stamp Act (4:03)
  • Spark of the American Revolution (6:01)
  • New York City Braces for War (5:44)
  • American Revolution (3:12)
  • Reconstructing New York (5:28)
  • A Divided Nation (5:23)
  • New York Stock Exchange (2:27)
  • Last Days Of Alexander Hamilton (2:32)
  • New York City Today (1:51)
  • Innovations of New York City (4:01)
  • A Mythical History Of New York (2:33)
  • Dewitt Clinton and the Iron Grid (11:08)
  • The Erie Canal (8:34)
  • The Great Crowded Metropolis (3:21)
  • Credits: New York, 1609-1825: The Country and the City (3:57)
New York, N.Y. : Films Media Group, [2011], c2003.
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  • 44169s Films Media Group
  • 44170 Films Media Group
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1 streaming video file (120 min.) : sd., col., digital file.
Mode of access: Internet.
System requirements: FOD playback platform.
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