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New World Encounters [electronic resource]

After introducing the team of historians who have created the series, Professor Miller reviews the beginnings of American history from west to east, following the first Ice Age migrations through the corn civilizations of Middle America and the explorations of Columbus, DeSoto and the Spanish.

New Found Land

Explains how the white man got to North America and what he was seeking. Describes the arrival of the Spanish, the French, and the British in North America.
Ivy (By Request)

Unearthing Secret America [electronic resource]

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.

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

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.

How the States Got Their Shapes [electronic resource]

Is it just a fluke of history that Illinois, not Wisconsin, contains the city of Chicago? Whatever happened to the state of Jefferson? And why is Texas too big to mess with? This program uncovers the political, cultural, and geographical forces that shaped the map of the United States. From the original thirteen colonies to the jigsaw puzzle of today's 50 states... from the nooks and crannies of the east to the rigid boxes of the west... from the Atlantic to the Pacific, viewers learn how America was carved out of the landscape and how the forces that sculpted our country still influence it today.

Origins [electronic resource]

This program begins with the arrival of 20 enslaved Africans brought to Jamestown, Virginia, in 1619 and examines the impact of slavery on African Americans. C. Eric Lincoln, professor of philosophy and religion at Duke University and a noted authority on African-American religion, explains why African roots are important to African Americans and shows how the African cultural heritage-music, dance, art, blues, and storytelling-manifests itself in American life.

The War That Made America Part 1 [electronic resource]: A Country Between

This episode focuses on George Washington, a pivotal figure in the start of the French and Indian War, a conflict that pitted England against France in the New World. Caught between were the Indian nations, whose leaders struggled to protect their people's interests. After a resounding defeat in his first full-scale battle at Fort Necessity, Washington became an aide to General Edward Braddock, who had been sent from England with a large force to evict the French. Braddock was overwhelmingly defeated and died of his battlefield wounds. Britain then sent additional troops, setting the stage for the next phase of the war.

The War That Made America Part 2 [electronic resource]: Unlikely Allies

As the war moved to upstate New York, relationships among the French, British, Indians, and colonial settlers become increasingly tense. This episode tells how Indians saw the war as an opportunity to regain control of their territory. While French and English officers perceived the Indians as barbarians, they were forced into uneasy alliances with them. Interesting characters emerged, like British general Andrew William Johnson, an Irish fur trader with an exceptional ability to bridge the cultural divide, and his friend, the Mohawk Chief Hendrick. As the front lines stretched from North Carolina to Canada, it was far from clear who the victors would be.

The War That Made America Part 3 [electronic resource]: Turning the Tide

In this episode, the tide has turned, and the British have started to tighten the noose on the outnumbered French forces. Although British Major-General James Abercrombie was defeated by the Marquis de Montcalm at Fort Ticonderoga, France no longer supplied the resources for victory. The British dispatched General John Forbes to conquer Fort Duquesne at the Forks of the Ohio, where the French had been entrenched since Braddock's defeat. An Eastern Delaware chief named Teedyuscung helped secure victory for Forbes. Washington was almost killed by "friendly fire," and wondered if Providence had spared him for a higher purpose.

The War That Made America Part 4 [electronic resource]: Unintended Consequences

This final episode describes how the British push north into Canada and lay siege to the hilltop fort at Quebec. General James A. Wolfe orders his troops to launch a surprise attack that defeats the French at last. Aided by the Iroquois, the British bring the war, and French influence in Canada, to an end. In the aftermath of victory, the British treasury is drained, and Parliament imposes taxes on the colonies. George Washington, now a member of the Virginia House of Burgesses, chafes at British control. With the Stamp Act and the Tea tax, the time arrives to declare independence, and Washington takes command of the Continental Army.

A Son of Africa [electronic resource]

The Interesting Narration of the Life of Olaudah Equiano created a sensation when it was published in 1789. Written by ex-slave Equiano, the autobiography vividly described the horrors of being kidnapped from Africa, the Middle Passage, and life in captivity, and fueled the growing abolitionist movement. This program employs dramatic reconstructions of this slave narrative, archival material, and interviews with scholars such as Stuart Hall and Ian Duffield to explain the social and economic context of the 18th-century slave trade.

Down in the Old Belt [electronic resource]: Voices From the Tobacco South

The tobacco farmers of the Old Belt of Virginia represent a history and a way of life that began with the founding of Jamestown and the colony of Virginia on the Chesapeake Bay. But tobacco farmers in Southside Virginia, like coal miners in Appalachia, have come upon hard times. Declining quotas, production moving overseas, society's changing attitudes, and the 2004 tobacco buyout have radically altered the cultural landscape of the Old Belt, the birthplace of Bright Leaf tobacco. This program traces the history and culture of tobacco in Virginia, providing a basis for studying past and ongoing socioeconomic changes, from the era of slavery to the present. Combining extensive archival materials with interviews and oral histories conducted with several Old Belt tobacco farming familie [...]

Age of Plunder [electronic resource]

This episode reveals the explosion of global capitalism that began with Christopher Columbus stumbling across America while searching for China. The search for Gold and spread of Christianity caused Europeans to colonize the New World, discovering many new lands, such as that of the Incas in Peru. We visit Cajamarca, where the King Atahualpa was held captive by Pizarro and forced to convert to Christianity. At Amsterdam's tulip fields, we reflect on the first global stock market crash-Tulipmania. In the 145 years from 1492 to 1637, European capitalism was born and spread around the globe.

Ted Brandsen [electronic resource]: The European/American Divide

Ted Brandsen, the Artistic Director for the Dutch National Ballet compares dance in America & Europe, his hopes for the future of dance, making dance accessible to new audiences, and advice to young dancers.

German Lineage in Modern Dance [electronic resource]

In this performance documentary dancer/choreographer Betsy Fisher performs solos from pieces by the originators of the German Expression Dance (Ausdruckstanz) and American exponents of the movement, which began in Germany prior to World War I. Fisher also provides narration describing the creation and the historical context of each work.

Code Breakers [electronic resource]

When did the first peoples arrive in the New World? For decades, anthropologists believed that humans were unable to enter the Americas until the end of the last Ice Age. In this HD documentary, anthropologist Niobe Thompson opens a fascinating window onto new research overturning this longstanding theory. He works in cooperation with scientists who are studying everything from human coprolites to forgotten fossils to ancient DNA and revealing a much earlier human migration than was once thought possible. In addition, gorgeous re-creations of the world of ancient first peoples are brought to life with the help of modern ice people from Arctic Russia.

Hour [electronic resource]: Prime Ministers & Presidents

CBC news magazine "The Hour" host George Stroumboulopoulos has interviewed many heads of state, including many of Canada's prime ministers. Gain insight into their world as these leaders take a look back at their careers. Featuring interviews with Brian Mulroney, Joe Clark, Paul Martin, Jean Chrétien, Jimmy Carter, Vicente Fox and John Howard.
2014; 2009

Howard Zinn: The People's Historian: Part 1 a Nation in Development (1492- 1787) [electronic resource]

Historian and author of A People's History of the United States Howard Zinn presents a moral perspective on early America, citing events and movements rarely covered in U.S. history textbooks. In this interview, he discusses Columbus' atrocities against indigenous tribes in the Caribbean, slavery and Abolitionist Movement, colonial massacres against Native Americans that marked the beginning of Westward Expansion, Civil War Indian Removal policies, and the class conflict that shaped the Revolutionary War through army mutinies and veteran's uprisings. A common thread throughout our history is the gap between American ideals of freedom and democracy, and the reality of social divisions, economic inequality, and grassroots organization for constitutional reform.

Howard Zinn: The People's Historian: Part 2 a Nation Redefined (1750- 1864) [electronic resource]

Historian and author of A People's History of the United States Howard Zinn presents a critical view of American expansionism. In this interview, he discusses Andrew Jackson's wars against the Seminole Indians leading to the Florida Purchase, the Mexican-American War, how Native American resistance to white settlers was brutally oppressed, the role of religion in Manifest Destiny, the Spanish-American War, and U.S. imperialism in Latin America. Zinn calls for recognizing our national limitations and shifting America's role as a military superpower to a more humanitarian model-a process that he believes would reduce terrorism threats and focus spending on domestic needs.

Traces of the Trade [electronic resource]: A Story From the Deep North

Katrina Browne was shocked to discover that her distinguished Rhode Island forebears had been part of the largest slave-trading dynasty in American history. Once she started digging, Browne found the evidence everywhere-in ledgers, ships logs, letters, even a local nursery rhyme. This film documents one family's painful confrontation with their ancestors' involvement in the slave trade, and in so doing, reveals the pivotal role slavery played in the growth of the American economy. Browne invited two hundred descendants to join her on a journey to explore their past, retracing the route from their ancestors' Bristol cemetery to the slave castles of Ghana and the ruins of a family plantation in Cuba.