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Master and Slave

Investigates the institution of slavery in the American South by examining daily life for these forced laborers, who, in spite of hardships, helped develop a rich culture that resonates in our society today.
Online
2015; 2004
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Right Turn

Watch this compelling program to gain a perspective on American politics and diplomacy in the 1970s and 1980s.
Online
2015; 2004
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A Chaos of Experimentation

Focus on Franklin Roosevelt's contagious optimism, which set the tone of his presidency. Take a closer look at the bold new programs known as the New Deal that changed the relationship between American citizens and the federal government.
Online
2015; 2004
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Legacy of an Autocratic Ruler

Andrew Jackson's two-term presidency was marked by contradictions and controversy. Learn about his policies related to Indian removal and the national bank. Analyze political battles between the Whigs and Democrats.
Online
2015; 2004
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A Precarious Experiment

The Revolutionary War created lingering problems for American people, politics, and economy. Find out how the leaders of the new nation struggled to unite the thirteen states when the Articles of Confederation failed to support a central government.
Online
2015; 2004
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Battle Cry

Southern and northern goals were very different during the Civil War. Review the main features of the war, from the role of the American West to the principle generals from each side. Learn about the battle at Antietam and the Emancipation Proclamation.
Online
2015; 2004
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A Nation at War

This video journey focuses on the entrance of the United States into World War II. Discover that although the war was fought overseas, Americans worked on the home front to support the troops and life in the United States changed as a result.
Online
2015; 2004
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Strained Relations

The symbiotic relationship between the colonies and the British government in the 1750s began to erode as the colonists developed self-sufficiency and relationships with other European countries. Examine events that resulted in the American Revolution.
Online
2015; 2004
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Vision for a Nation

Delegates met in Philadelphia in 1787 to form the United States government. Investigate the controversies related to the structure of Congress, slavery, and debates between Federalists and Anti-federalists. Examine issues related to the first presidency.
Online
2015; 2004
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Divergent Paths

As the new nation settled, a distinctly American society emerged within the colonies. Contrast large agricultural operations in the South with small family farms and commerce in the North. Learn about the Salem witch trials and trace the Great Awakening.
Online
2015; 2004
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House Divided

The election of Abraham Lincoln in 1860 spawned the secession of seven southern states. Trace the early events and issues of the Civil War, including the attack on Fort Sumter, the mobilization of troops, and the influence of border states.
Online
2015; 2004
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Pressures From Within

The War of 1812 magnified the need for a stronger national government. Explore the patterns of growth and expansion in the early 19th century. Learn about President James Monroe's 'Era of Good Feelings,' the Missouri Compromise, and the Monroe Doctrine.
Online
2015; 2004
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Crisis of Authority

The unpopular Vietnam War helped bring Richard Nixon to the presidency in 1969. Watch how Nixon responded to domestic economic problems, handled foreign policy in a communist world, and dealt with the political scandal that rocked his administration.
Online
2015; 2004
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The Way We Were?

The end of World War II brought thousands of young servicemen back to America to pick up their lives. Find out what factors made the 1950s a time of astonishing prosperity for most Americans.
Online
2015; 2004
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Rivals and Friends

Many factors made the contests for second and third presidents of the United States bitter battles. Learn about the presidencies of John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, the Alien and Sedition Acts, and how the Supreme Court affected both presidencies.
Online
2015; 2004
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Best Laid Plans

President Thomas Jefferson continued his efforts to minimize the national government during his second term of office. Learn about the growth of cities, the Louisiana Purchase, and the War of 1812.
Online
2015; 2004
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Coming to America: Portrait of Colonial Life

Examines the transatlantic journey to colonial America and documents the way of life of indentured servants and slaves. Discusses newcomers' adaptation and the integration of their cultures in a newly formed community.
Online
2015; 2004
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Not Much of a War

The Americans declared independence from Britain in 1775, resulting in the Revolutionary War. Examine the battle strategies, defeats, and victories in the battle for independence.
Online
2015; 2004
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Restless Society

Watch an overview of the anxiety in the 1960s about America's position in the world. Recognize growing pressure from African Americans and other minorities during this period and the abject poverty that shaped the U.S. political and social climate.
Online
2015; 2004
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A Nation Torn

Examine the foreign policies of Presidents Kennedy and Johnson during the turbulent decade of the 1960s. Explore how young Americans demanded social change in the 1960s in a nation that was divided in so many ways.
Online
2015; 2004